Heavy traffic congestion on major roads in Delhi NCR is not only a hassle for commuters but an environmental concern. While the problem still exists in many places, the traffic may be eased at flyovers between West Delhi's Punjabi Bagh and Raja Garden.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia laid the foundation stone for doubling and expansion of the existing flyovers from Punjabi Bagh to Raja Garden, on September 29, 2022. The project will be carried out under the Corridor Development and Flyover Construction Scheme of PWD and will cost Rs 352.3 crore.
On this occasion, Manish Sisodia shared that under this project both the single flyovers at Punjabi Bagh will be doubled. Here both the existing flyovers are of 2 lanes and both of them are one-way. Under this project, one lane will be added to both the existing flyovers and new flyovers of 3 lanes each will be constructed. After construction, two-way vehicle movement will be allowed on this route. After the doubling of the flyover, it will be extended from Punjabi Bagh to Raja Garden by 1400 meters.
Some of the key points under the corridor development and flyover construction project between Punjabi Bagh Flyover and Raja Garden Flyover are-
This corridor between Punjabi Bagh Flyover and Raja Garden Flyover is part of Ring Road where traffic load is very high because of vehicles plying from Haryana using Rohtak Road (NH-10). Along with this, it also works to connect North Delhi with South Delhi, Gurgaon and other parts of NCR. The existing one-way flyovers and low-capacity intersections are not sufficient for the current traffic load, which often leads to heavy traffic jams. The construction of new flyovers and expansion of existing ones is expected to benefit lakhs of the people on this road.
He added that the construction of this flyover will reduce the carbon emission of 1.60 lakh tonnes annually and save 18 lakh litres of fuel annually. Along with this people will be able to save Rs 200 crore annually and the total cost of the project will be recovered in just 1.5 years.
Manish Sisodia said, “With the expansion and doubling of the flyover, the traffic load on this part of the Ring Road Corridor will be reduced significantly. Along with saving time for commuters, it will also reduce fuel consumption. This upcoming flyover will decongest the traffic in this part of Punjabi Bagh.”
The inaugural event was attended by Moti Nagar MLA Shiv Charan Goyal, MLA Madipur Girish Soni, PWD Engineer in Chief Anant Kumar and other senior officials of the Delhi government.