Work on delayed RTR Marg flyover in Delhi finally picks up pace
The under construction three-lane flyover starts near Munirka petrol pump and ends before National Highway 8, close to the Army Hospital at Subroto ParkUpdated: Jul 23, 2018 09:48 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The construction of a much-delayed flyover being built parallel to the existing Rao Tula Ram (RTR) Marg bridge in south Delhi has finally started picking pace.
Officials from the Public Works Department (PWD), which is racing against time to meet the December 2018 deadline, said work on the 2.7-km flyover has entered its “second-last stage” of completion and they have started putting in place the slabs on which the road will be laid.
The construction work on the project began in November 2014 with a budget of Rs 278 crore. It was originally scheduled to be completed by November 2016.
PWD officials familiar with the project said work on the flyover has been continuing with a tardy pace due to several reasons ranging from late approval in tree cutting; shifting of utilities such as water lines, power cables, phone lines; opposition from residents; and heavy traffic among others.
Once completed, the flyover is expected to ease traffic from south Delhi heading towards the airport and Gurugram. The flyover will significantly decongest the existing RTR flyover, which serves as a crucial link between south Delhi and the airport.
The under construction three-lane flyover starts near Munirka petrol pump and ends before National Highway 8, close to the Army Hospital at Subroto Park.
Residents of areas like Munirka, Vasant Vihar, RK Puram and Palam and its surrounding areas are likely to benefit most from the project.
“We have expedited the construction work which has now reached its second-last stage of completion. Now we have started laying slabs of the flyover. Slabs have been laid on 150m stretch measuring six spans of the under-construction flyover. These slabs will now be placed on the entire 2.7 km length of the flyover,” a senior Public Works Department (PWD) official, who wished not to be named, said.
Currently, the RTR junction is a major traffic bottleneck for commuters as the stretch has a daily vehicular movement of around 1.5 lakh vehicles during peak hours. In 2009, a single-carriageway flyover was constructed here, which ended up creating bottlenecks as commuters found themselves stuck at the foot of the existing flyover trying to manoeuvre their way onto the bridge.
“Foundation work required for the new 2.7-km bridge has been completed and around 80% of the portals (U-shaped pillars) have been constructed. The total number of portals for the bridge is 77. Seven more portals will come up within a week. We are hopeful of completing the project within the new deadline (December 2018),” said another PWD official.
First Published: Jul 23, 2018 09:47 IST