Thursday, Oct 23, 2014

Capital connect: DUAC green-signal for Kalindi Kunj bypass

Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: July 28, 2014 6:02 am

The Kalindi Kunj bypass project, which is expected to provide relief to commuters travelling between Delhi and Faridabad, has been given “in-principle clearance” by the Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC) with certain observations.

Officials said the Public Works Department (PWD) is now seeking clarity from the Delhi government on whether the bypass will be constructed on a public-private-partnership model (PPP) or will be sanctioned by the government.

“The project to construct the Kalindi bypass from Noida Toll Bridge near Maharani Bagh to Badarpur Border has been cleared by DUAC with some observations. Simultaneously, we have also sought clarification from the government on whether the bypass should be made on PPP basis or through government funding solely,’’ an official said.

The 14 km-long Kalindi Kunj bypass — expected to be constructed at a cost of Rs 750 crore — will also be integrated with phase-III of the Barapullah elevated road to facilitate movement of commuters to any part of Delhi. “There is a half loop at DND, which will be made into a proper grade separator like the one at AIIMS. This will allow commuters’ movement to any part of Delhi,’’ an official said.

Since part of the proposed bypass is to be constructed on land in Uttar Pradesh, both the Delhi and the UP governments are in talks to resolve issues related to it. “The Delhi chief secretary is in talks with the UP chief secretary over the issue. We are also asking the Haryana government if they will work with us and help to connect the Kalindi Kunj bypass with the Faridabad bypass,’’ the official said.

According to DUAC observations, PWD should explore the possibility of making the entire stretch exclusively an elevated corridor with proper entries and exits at various intersections.

“At present, the elevated portions were proposed on two columns side by side. The commission feels that for better utilisation of space below, and also from aesthetic point of view, the possibility of single column needs to be explored,’’ the minutes of the DUAC meeting state.

Once complete, this bypass will help decongest NH-2 and Ashram Chowk. The project was conceived in 2002 but had been stuck due to land acquisition issues. The bypass will begin at Ring Road near DND flyover and terminate near the Badarpur border, PWD officials said. So, a commuter taking the bypass from near Kalindi Kunj in Delhi will be able to travel beyond Palwal in Haryana.

“We have shortlisted the alignment which will lead to minimal disruption. The bypass will start near DND flyover loop and run parallel to it till Batla House, up to which point it will be at-grade. From there, it will be constructed along the old Agra canal (no longer in use) on stilts since it will be near the Yamuna banks. It will again be at-grade along the Agra canal and will connect with the Badarpur bypass constructed by Haryana government,’’ a PWD official said.

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