PWD gets moving on reviving Kalindi bypass
Kalindi Bypass, Delhi government's ambitious project to decongest Ashram and Badarpur crossing, is on course to revival.
With the volume of traffic already very high on the toll road as well as the Ring Road, the proposed bypass is expected to draw huge volume of vehicles. The public works department (PWD) has decided to hire a consultant to carry out the feasibility of the project and finalised aspects that the consultant will look into.
The consultant will also study how the road can be integrated with the DND flyway and the Ring Road.
“In coming years, we might even like to integrate this bypass with our two under-construction projects, Barapullah elevated road and Ring Road bypass, and proposed East-West Corridor to provide Delhi alternate set of roads to move from a part of the city to the other,” a senior PWD engineer said.
The proposal will go to the Unified Traffic and Transportation (Planning and Engineering) Centre for approval.
The Kalindi Bypass project, a 27-kilometre road from Kalindi Colony to Palwal in Haryana along the western banks of Yamuna, was first taken by up the Delhi government in 2002.
The government had sanctioned Rs 100.15 crore to construct 14-kilometre stretch that falls in Delhi’s territory.
The project, however, ran into rough weather after the Uttar Pradesh government refused to part with some of its land.
The project received another setback when in 2006 the Delhi High Court prohibited any construction within 300 metres from the edge of Yamuna's bank.
The Court later ruled that the road could come up 120 metres from the riverbank.
In 2007, when the PWD finally abandoned the project, it had already spent Rs 52.50 crore on it. “A UP government guest house and the Okhla Bird sanctuary were falling on the proposed alignment of the road. UP refused to part with its land and also staked claim on yet another plot of land, which we had acquired from the Delhi Development Authority,” a senior PWD official said requesting anonymity.
Senior PWD officials said Haryana has already completed about 13 kilometres that fall in its territory.