In-principle approval to East-West corridor in Delhi

Delhi Govt gave in-principle approval to building the much ambitious expressway corridor directly linking East and West Delhi.

Last Updated: Jan 18, 2011, 23:47 PM IST

New Delhi: Delhi Government on Tuesday gave in-principle approval to building the much ambitious expressway corridor directly linking East and West Delhi. The project estimated to cost Rs 440 crore will help decongest various roads.

Officials said a private consultant, which was appointed to make a detailed study on the project, recommended making a portion of the proposed corridor elevated and said the Bus Rapid Transport model should be replicated on it while using some of the existing roads.

In 2009, the government had wanted to make it a fully elevated road from National Highway-24 near Akshardham temple to Ravi Dass park locality in West Delhi and the total cost was estimated to be around Rs 1,000 crore.
The private consultant today gave a presentation to Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta and top brass of the Public Works Department and on the project. The cost now has been pegged at Rs 440 crore as only 9.5 kilometre of the entire stretch would be elevated.

"Although in principle we have decided to make it a BRT corridor, the final go ahead has to be given by the Cabinet," said a top official.
Conceived almost five years ago, the project faced several hurdles including stiff opposition from the Delhi Urban Art Commission and traffic police following which the private consultant was appointed.

He said the corridor would be elevated from New Delhi Railway station to Ravi Dass park in West Delhi.

As per the earlier plan, the elevated corridor would have been as high as 16 metres near the ITO crossing but now the consultant has recommended using the existing road in the area.

Officials said the corridor will improve traffic flow on overcrowded roads such as Vikas Marg, National Highway-24, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg.

PTI