After a delay of more than six months,the RTR-BJ Marg flyover,a part of the three flyovers being built in the Outer Ring Road from IIT gate to NH-8 intersection might see the light of day soon,as Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has been able to prevail over L-G Tejendra Khanna in sticking to the original plan.
Khanna wanted the flyover,which at present covers two intersections,be extended by 800 metres,bypassing Malai Mandir.
Dikshit insisted that the PWD should stick to its original plan and shot off a letter to the L-G explaining the situation. No final decision has been taken at present. The Chief Minister has written to the L-G and we need to discuss the matter, PWD Minister Rajkumar Chauhan said.
Officials,however,confirm that they have received an informal go-ahead for the project. Nearly 90 per cent of the structure is ready and only the finishing touches remain.
Construction for the flyover had started in May 2007. The initial deadline for the project was February 2009. It was,however,first extended to June 2009 due to difficulties in shifting the lines of BSES and Indraprastha Gas Limited. Work on the flyover has been stalled for nearly three months now after the L-G proposed the flyover be extended. The Vasant Vihar RWA had shot off requests to him for the extension of the flyover.
To stretch the flyovers length,the rock on which Malai Mandir stands,would have to be removed.
To convince the temples board,the L-Gs office had arranged a presentation by a geology professor from IIT Roorkee on May 5 to show that the rock would not be affected by the flyover.
Dikshit had also made it clear during the Assembly session that her government would stick to the original plan. We respect the religious sentiments of the people and do not want to do anything that would harm the structure of Malai Mandir. We will stick to the original plan, she had told the Assembly.
Former President late Dr R Venkataraman was the chief patron of the temple. Dikshit had told the Assembly the late President had requested the government to ensure that the structure of the temple is not harmed in any way.
Both the L-G and Dikshit have been sympathetic to our cause. The devotees had apprehensions that any tinkering with the rock on which the temple stands will damage it, said President of Sree Uttara Swami Malai Temple board,M K Venkatachalam.
The IIT flyover connecting Aruna Asaf Ali Marg and Africa Avenue Marg will be ready by July end. The Nelson Mandela and the Vivekananda Marg flyover has been delayed further and is expected to be ready only by September.