Thursday, May 6, 2010

Barapullah elevated stretch to join on UP link road

The drive from Mayur Vihar I to the CGO Complex in south Delhi might soon take as little as 15 minutes. The public works department (PWD) plans to extend the under-construction elevated stretch on Barapullah Nullah that connects Sarai Kale Khan and Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium up to the UP Link Road, which is being upgraded to six lanes.

PWD officials said the elevated stretch that takes off from the Ring Road would now be extended till the UP Link Road. ‘‘Unless that happens, the huge public investment on the elevated road will remain highly under-utilized. But the work will be taken up at a later stage after the Commonwealth Games,’’ said a senior PWD official.

The 4-km elevated and signal-free stretch on Barapullah Nullah will also be extended up to INA so that commuters get direct connectivity to AIIMS and Dilli Haat. Officials said the elevated road will take some load off the critical stretches only if it is extended on both ends.

‘‘Once we extend the link till Trans-Yamuna, the volume of traffic on the Nizamuddin Bridge will reduce and consequently the congestion between Sarai Kale Khan and Ashram Chowk will also be contained to some extent. Though the extension of the 6-lane elevated road towards east Delhi will be an expensive affair, it is required so that the project serves the purpose,’’ the PWD official said.

The elevated road over Barapulla Nullah will provide seamless connectivity between the Commonwealth Games Village near Akshardham temple and J N Stadium to approximately 10,000 players during the sporting event. The present cost of the project is close to Rs 600 crore. However, questions are being raised whether providing a shorter route to commuters would address the problem of congestion on city roads.