Ring Road near Rajghat may be closed to traffic

May 10th, 2007

New Delhi: With over 2,20,000 vehicles passing through Rajghat and Shanti Van crossings on Ring Road each day, driving down the stretch especially during peak hours has become a nightmarish experience. To make matters worse, a new bridge being constructed across river Yamuna at Geeta Colony will add about 47,000 additional vehicles to the road.

Now, a new traffic plan has been drawn up to ease the traffic mess — authorities have now proposed to close a section of Ring Road near the samadhis and divert all traffic on to an inner road. A flyover and grade separator have been planned at the intersection of the new road with the Geeta Colony bridge, in an attempt to make movement of vehicles in all directions signal-free.

The new plan has been designed keeping in mind frequent VIP movement at Rajghat. A senior traffic official explained: ‘‘Traffic snarls are a regular sight in the Rajghat area, especially during peak hours. The area also attracts heavy VIP traffic which only aggravates the situation. The ripple effect can be felt till ITO, Delhi Gate, ISBT and sometimes even up to India Gate.’’

It has been proposed that traffic moving between north and south Delhi be diverted on to an inner road. The main Ring Road will be open for local traffic, headed to the Walled City via Daryaganj.

The stretch between Rajghat crossing and the foot of the Hanuman Setu flyover will be partially closed for traffic.
Vehicles will be diverted behind the samadhis — the road will meet Ring Road at two ends near Rajghat crossing and behind Salimgarh Fort. A grade separator, with four clover leaves and four slip roads, has been planned at the intersection of the new road with existing roads heading towards Shanti Van crossing and Geeta Colony bridge.

‘‘All vehicles wanting to take a right turn will get on to the flyover and take the loops while those turning left can use the slip roads. Movement in all directions will be signal-free,’’ sources said. One-way movement of traffic has been proposed around Salimgarh Fort as the roads there are not wide enough to take the traffic load.

Traffic movement will be also be resigned to make the main Rajghat and free. It has also been proposed that this plan be integrated with others made for the area ahead of the Commonwealth Games, to ensure that there is no conflict.

The plan sure seems promising. ‘‘It takes care of heavy VIP movement at the samadhis. Once all the vehicles are using another road, arrangements for VVIPs will not disrupt normal traffic. Further, the road stretch near Salimgarh Fort is just a four-lane road as against the rest of the six-laned Ring Road. This can’t be widened as there are monuments on both sides.

The bottleneck will also be tackled,’’ sources said. The new plan has been drawn up by the PWD and is awaiting approvals by stakeholders including Delhi Traffic Police, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) technical committee, Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC) and Yamuna Committee.

But the government agencies don’t have too much time at their hands to find a solution to the traffic problems, considering the new river bridge will be operational in about a year’s time. The river bridge, connected to a flyover, will connect Geeta Colony in east Delhi with Ring Road at Shanti Van and bring an additional 47,000 vehicles to the Shanti Van crossing by the year 2010, a traffic survey indicated.

Source: TOI(Delhi epaper)

Entry Filed under: Delhi Traffic News

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