Residents rubbish allegation they influenced RTR flyover design
Ever since it opened more than two years ago, the Rao Tula Ram (RTR) flyover in south Delhi has been a nightmare for motorists. The single carriageway flyover witnesses traffic jams every day and more recently, a man died after ramming his car into a half completed road divider on the flyover.
The RTR flyover is a part of a string of flyovers aimed at making the south Delhi stretch of Outer Ring Road signal-free. While the first two flyovers near IIT Gate and Munirka have double carriageways, the narrow and single carriageway RTR flyover has become a bottleneck.
The Delhi Public Works Department (PWD) built the flyover, which was opened to public in October 2009, after getting approval from a technical committee of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).
Though there were no official explanations on why the flyover was made single carriageway, unofficially the blame is always put on 'influential' people residing in the nearby areas for pressuring the authorities.
Residents of areas such as Vasant Vihar, West End and Anand Niketan that are next to the flyover, however, say the flyover was designed as a single carriageway.
"If we really had that kind of influence, we would have stopped the flyover from coming up in the first place," said Jaspreet Singh, a resident of Vasant Vihar.
"It is always claimed that the flyover was designed two way but was made one way due to external influences. How can that be possible when so many government bodies including traffic police, DDA and Delhi Urban Arts Commission were involved in the decision making?" he said.
Singh said many residents had pointed out much earlier that the design of the flyover was flawed and had even suggested alternatives after hiring consultants on their own.
When contacted, senior PWD officials refused to comment.The DDA spokesperson couldn't be contacted for comments on the issue.
Delhi PWD minister Rajkumar Chauhan said there should be a double-carriageway flyover at RTR Marg-Outer Ring Road traffic intersection.
"Single carriageway flyover was wrongly planned there. More than one lakh vehicles take this stretch every day, leading to long traffic snarls," Chauhan said.