CM inaugurates 3.6km-long Vikaspuri-Meera Bagh flyover
NEW DELHI: Delhi’s chief minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated the city’s first 24.2 metre-wide flyover with dedicated lanes for cyclists and pedestrian way on Sunday. The flyover connects Vikas Puri to Meera Bagh on the Outer Ring Road.
In a statement, the Delhi government said that construction was completed at a cost of approximately Rs 450 crore, Rs 110 crores less than the sanctioned budget.
The six-lane corridor, which stretches across 3.6km, has a two metre wide cycle track, 2.5 metre wide pedestrian way, and a five metre wide dedicated bus lane. The stretch claims to have five traffic heavy signal-free intersections.
“The innovative design of the flyover has not only saved 25% of the project cost, it was also built within a record time of three years,” the statement read.
The stretch including Anand Kunj T-junction, Manohar Nagar crossing, Keshopur crossing, and Sabzi Mandi T-junction have been made signal-free.
“The smooth passage of vehicles through the stretch will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 38 tonnes and will also reduce fuel usage. This will be a contribution towards making the city less polluted,” the statement read.
Apart from this, the flyover is also installed with 23 groundwater recharging structures for rainwater harvesting and water collection from the deck of the flyover.
“The stretch, which usually witnesses intense construction activities in confined spaces, is sandwiched between Vikaspuri and Tilak Nagar. Our challenge was to ensure minimum inconvenience to commuters. Getting a nod from all the agencies, including the forest department and the National Green Tribunal (NGT), took us18 months,” said Sarvagya Shrivastava, engineer-in-chief and special secretary, Public Works Department (PWD).
He agreed that there were some religious encroachments on the stretch that delayed the construction, but the project was still completed before time.
The Delhi government is now planning to construct more Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridors to facilitate and encourage use of public transport. Delhi’s first BRT, between Moolchand and Ambedkar Nagar, had to be scrapped after a huge public outcry over the traffic snarls it triggered on one of the busiest stretches in the city.
Senior transport department officials said they have identified six corridors where BRT may be implemented. Government sources said a detailed study will be done to ensure that BRT is implemented on stretches where there is a high number of bus users and where adequate road width is available.