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Gadkari inaugurates 3-lane underpass at Parade road junction

Gadkari inaugurates 3-lane underpass at Parade road junction

New Delhi, Jul 12 (UNI) In a step that will make movement of traffic from airport to Dhaula Kuan signal free, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday inaugurated a three-lane underpass at Parade Road junction near Manekshaw Centre on NH 8, here.

The underpass was completed in a record time of 112 days, and is part of NHAI’s project for development of a signal free corridor from Dhaula Kuan interchange to IGI Airport.

National Highway No.8 (New NH-48) is the prime link providing connectivity to IGI Airport from Delhi and NCR. The frequent traffic jams in the corridor result in travel time of 10-30 minutes in crossing the three km stretch between Dhaula Kuan interchange and the airport.

To tackle this problem, NHAI has taken up the development of a signal free corridor from Dhaula Kuan interchange to Airport at an estimated cost of Rs 270 crore, the Minister said.

The project includes widening of Dhaula Kuan – IGI corridor from 6-lanes to 8-lanes a three-lane flyover from Janakpuri road to merge with NH-8, the three-lane vehicular underpass at Parade Road junction that was inaugurated today, 3 PUPs, 2 VUPs and an FOB for pedestrians.

Mr Gadkari said the work on the project commenced in March, 2018, and is now 75 per cent complete.

The project has huge challenges in terms of traffic management of about 3 lakhs PCUs per day, presence of a large number of civil and defence utilities, shifting of defence infrastructure and getting security clearances.

The work plan for the project was prioritized with the objective of providing early relief to the commuters.

As a first step towards development of the signal free corridor, a flyover at Dhaula Kuan junction near Dhaula Kuan Metro Station was completed in record time of 136 working days and opened to traffic on March 2, 2019. Widening of carriageway to four lane on either side has been substantially completed.

The total time elapsed since the commencement of the work is 374 days, out of which work could not be executed on 257 days on account of security restrictions, environmental prohibitions and shifting of IGL gas pipeline.

This project would be in addition to the nine other projects being implemented for decongesting NCR Delhi.

These include the 22 km, 6-lane elevated corridor on Gurugram-Sohna Road costing Rs 2000 crore on which work has started; 8-lane Delhi-Panipat highway from Mukarba Chowk to Panipat on NH-1 being constructed at a cost of Rs 2300; the 29 km, 8 lane access controlled Dwarka Expressway costing about Rs 9500 crore on which work has started; package II, III and IV of Delhi-Meerut Expressway costing Rs 5900 Crore, among others.

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