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Mr Nitin Gadkari Inaugurates Underpass at Parade Road Junction Near Manekshaw Centre

Infra News - Published on Tue, 16 Jul 2019

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Mr Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises inaugurated a three lane underpass at Parade Road junction near Manekshaw Centre on NH 8 in New Delhi. With opening of this underpass, movement of traffic from Airport to Dhaula Kuan would become signal free. 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 DhaulaKuan interchange to IGI Airport. National Highway No 8 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 the3 kmsstretch 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 INR 270 crore. 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, 3 PUPs, 2 VUPs and an FOB for pedestrians. The work on the project commenced in March, 2018, and is now 75 % 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 DhaulaKuan Metro Station was completed in record time of 136 working days and opened to traffic on 02.03.2019. Widening of carriageway to 4 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.

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Tue, 16 Jul 2019
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