. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has proposed over a dozen road infrastructure projects
. To free up Delhi’s notoriously choked roads a third ring road has been suggested
. A plan to interlink highways and build a web of roads to clear the capital’s traffic congestion is on track
The capital is gearing up to run circles around its monstrous traffic jams.
To free up Delhi’s notoriously choked roads, the Centre has chalked out a `50,000- crore plan, including a third ring road.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has proposed over a dozen road infrastructure projects, with interconnectivity between national highways converging in Delhi, and new bypass routes as well as elevated corridors.
To cater for nearly 90 per cent of the traffic entering Delhi via local highways, the agency has proposed development of the Urban Extension Road-2 (UER-2) to interlink four highways – NH-1, NH-10, NH-8 and NH-2 – in two phases.
Apart from this, the NHAI has suggested a bypass for the Faridabad-bound traffic coming from Karnal and Panipat.
NHAI chairman Deepak Kumar told Mail Today that the UER-2 has been planned as the third ring road in Delhi to ease the burden on perennially congested arterial roads.
He said: ‘The NHAI has proposed to take up the work in phase one while phase two will be executed by the Delhi government.
‘In the first phase, work will be completed between NH-1 and NH-8 while the second phase will connect NH-8 with NH-10 and NH-2. This will provide an alternate route to traffic coming from these highways in both directions.’
Officials said the Centre has given an in-principle nod to the city’s decongestion projects.
The decision was taken at a recent meeting chaired by union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari.
These road projects are in addition to the eastern and western peripheral expressways that are being built to divert heavy goods vehicles from the city.
Gadkari has also directed the governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to resolve all land-related issues to expedite the Capital’s decongestion plan.
The infrastructure projects include the much-delayed Kalindi Kunj Bypass at an estimated cost of `900 crore.
The 13-km bypass corridor has been languishing for nearly 24 years but the NHAI wants the project to be taken up on priority.
Officials said the Kalindi Kunj Bypass will have a 5.5-km elevated road. The bypass, aimed to clear up Ashram Chowk and Mathura Road, hit a roadblock as a part of the land required for the project fell within the jurisdiction of the Uttar Pradesh government’s irrigation department.
However, the UP government has now agreed to transfer that land to Delhi PWD. The government has also given an in-principle nod to the elevated East-West Corridor connecting Anand Vihar ISBT to Peeragarhi, via ITO and New Delhi railway station.
This will decongest some of the most crammed stretches of the city – Vikas Marg, ITO, Ajmeri Gate and Karol Bagh, among others.
The elevated corridor will be nearly 25km long and is likely to incur a cost of `6,000 crore.
This project will be completed within three years from the date of commencement.
According to the proposed alignment, the corridor will begin at the Anand Vihar railway station and run parallel to Karkardooma and Vikas Marg in east Delhi.
In the central part of the city, the corridor will pass through ITO, DDU Marg and New Delhi railway station.
During the first phase, the corridor will be developed up to Punjabi Bagh and later extended to Peeragarhi and Tikri Border along the NH-10 in west Delhi.
A flyover connecting New Delhi railway station to Rajghat to free up Ajmeri Gate and Asaf Ali Road and an elevated corridor connecting Badli metro station to Inderlok metro station along the western Yamuna Ccnal have also been proposed.
The NHAI also wants to widen the Mehrauli-Badarpur corridor at a cost of `700 crore. According to officials, this project was conceived in 2013-14 to tackle the ever-increasing traffic volume on the outer ring road.
The project has been stuck due to technical reasons and lack of coordination among government agencies.
The NHAI in its presentation proposed the construction of UER-I to connect Rajokri, Bijwasan, Najafgarh, NH-8, NH-10 and NH-1.
The DDA has to provide land for the projects. The eastern leg of UER-I will take off from Maa Anandmayee Marg and bypass Mehrauli and Rajokri.
The second phase of Urban Extension Road (UERII) will connect Vasant Kunj through the existing Dwarka Link Road and Najafgarh linking NH 8, NH 10 and NH 1.
The NHAI has also suggested speedy completion of the Faridabad –Noida– Ghaziabad (FNG) expressway.
According to the agency, the outer ring road ends abruptly at Salimgarh Fort by merging with the inner ring road.
So, there is no bypass for traffic coming from Karnal and Sonepat (NH-1) and Ghaziabad and east Delhi to Faridabad via NH-2.
Traffic from these areas passes through Ashram and Modi Mill Flyover, creating congestion at these locations.
In addition to these projects, proposals such as a north-south corridor from Wazirabad to the IGI Airport, extension of the Barapullah elevated road from INA to the airport and extension of Mehrauli-Badarpur Road from NH-2 to Noida Expressway were also discussed.
Source: Mail Today
Dated: 16th September 2017