Parallel Ring Road to open next month

November 26th, 2006

NEW DELHI: Those commuting between East Delhi and other parts of the Capital are in for a bonanza in the shape of better roads and infrastructure. A parallel Ring Road along the Yamuna banks from ITO Chungi to Old Railway Bridge will be thrown open to traffic next month.

Giving this information here, Finance and PWD Minister A.K.Walia said that in view of the urgent requirement to upgrade infrastructure ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, a large number of projects relating to roads and infrastructure were being speeded up.

An elevated road track from Raj Ghat to Shantivan over Ring Road is also in the final stages of planning. It will relieve traffic congestion on this stretch and make the ground level road free for VIP movement without hampering everyday road users. This project will soon be sent to the Delhi Urban Arts Commission for approval.

Dr. Walia disclosed that in view of the massive congestion and flow of traffic on Vikas Marg, it was felt that a parallel channel should be made available to commuters. He said a 3-km Disused Canal Road from Karkari Mor to Marginal Bandh Road on the banks of the Yamuna would become operational in March 2007. The new road would take off around 40 per cent burden of vehicular traffic on Vikas Marg and hence decongest it substantially.

The Minister added that a new technology was being used for construction of this road which would make it motorable within two hours of laying. The road is being constructed over a drain and a two-metre wide opening in-between is being provided for cleaning of drain. The Disused Canal Road would have four-lanes, two service lane and two footpaths and it would benefit residents of two densely populated areas.

In order to provide relief to the choking Vikas Marg it was decided that the existing Disused Canal would be converted into a traffic corridor and developed as a feeder to a new bridge over the Yamuna near Geeta Colony.

Dr. Walia further said that the eight-lane Marginal Bundh Road between ITO Chungi to Old Rail Bridge would be opened next month. This would act as a parallel Ring Road for East Delhi and it is proposed that in order to extend the benefit of this Ring Road and connect it with Outer Ring Road a tunnel is proposed from the Old Railway Bridge to link it with Outer Ring Road at ISBT Kashmere Gate. After completion of this track, people will no longer be required to travel to ITO or Nizammudin Bridge and can take this tunnel and reach the East Delhi Ring Road and then take the road that will stretch to Noida and Ghaziabad.

The Minister added that all efforts would be made to complete construction of the Geeta Colony Bridge by December 2007. The Geeta Colony Bridge starts from Shantivana and joins Yamuna Pushta near Taj Enclave. Originally the bridge was scheduled to open in February 2008. He further disclosed that all PWD works were running ahead of schedule.


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