Signal-free Outer Ring Road soon
Work will start in Feb on 20 km-long Vikaspuri-Wazirabad stretch
While inaugurating the much awaited railway underpass at Gulabi Bagh on Friday, chief minister Sheila Dikshit said the Outer Ring Road is going to be signal-free in days to come.
Some flyovers, railway underbridges and a partly elevated road between Vikas Puri and Wazirabad will be constructed at a cost of about Rs 2,400 crore. The project will start next month.
With the opening of railway underpass at Gulabi Bagh, at a cost of Rs 24 crore, commuters coming from Shalimar Bagh, Pratap Nagar, Ashok Vihar, Inderlok, Shastri Nagar, and Shahzada Bagh will save time and fuel while going towards ISBT through Azad Market.
“The plan of our government is to make the entire Outer Ring Road signal-free. We will begin with a stretch of 20 km from Vikaspuri to Wazirabad that will be redeveloped with construction of three flyovers at Bhalaswa Chowk, Burari Chowk, Mukundpur Chowk and two loops at Mukundpur Chowk for a right turn,” said Dikshit.
“The re-engineering of this stretch will facilitate uninterrupted travel resulting in relief to a large number of passengers and residents of Vikaspuri, Janakpuri etc.”
The plan also includes a six-lane parallel road to be constructed from Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar to Wazirabad Chowk with a flyover to cross Nalah and NH-I.
“A 3.30 km-long elevated road from Anandkunj Junction to Mira Bagh T Junction, 2.60 km-long elevated road from Somvihar Chowk to Depali Chowk and another 2.60 km-long elevated road from Power House Pitampura to railway overbridge at Mukarba Chowk will be built to make the stretch completely signal-free,” said a senior public works department official.
He added that it will help in reducing traffic snarls at Jawala Heri, Paschim Vihar, Bhehra Enclave, Mangolpuri Pitampura, Rohini, Saraswati Vihar, Prashant Vihar, and Badli. Also, at Burari, Nirankari Colony, Bhalaswa Haiderpur, Shalimar Bagh and Mukundpur.
Union minister Kapil Sibal and Delhi PWD minister Raj Kumar Chauhan were present. “With the commissioning of the new projects, it is expected that there will be a huge saving of fuel and travelling time resulting in an end to traffic jams,” said Chauhan.
“Outer Ring Road and Ring Road have attained the status of lifelines in the city,” he added.
Local MLA Rajesh Jain, chief whip of Congress legislative party and MLA Kunwar Karan Singh, local councillors Satbir Sharma and Prerna Singh were also present.