Two new bridges are likely to be constructed across the Yamuna upstream of Wazirabad to improve connectivity between North and Northeast Delhi, besides that with Uttar Pradesh. The Public Works Department (PWD) has appointed a consultant to carry out a feasibility study on the proposed project, which was mooted by former Member of Parliament of the area, Jai Prakash Aggarwal.
“A meeting was held between Delhi and UP officials around a month back, where UP had requested for better connectivity between the two states, especially since they are developing Tronica City in Ghaziabad,” a Delhi government official said. The proposed bridges are especially significant with several infrastructure planned for the future. Among them is a Delhi Development Authority (DDA) project, which aims to construct urban extension roads to improve the city’s connectivity with national highways.
According to officials, the proposed bridges will also provide alternative routes for traffic coming to Delhi from Punjab and Karnal. The new bridges, to be build north of the Wazirabad bridge, will also help decongest the Ring Road, officials said. Currently, only one of the bridges at Wazirabad connects Northeast Delhi with the rest of the city.
“The bridges will take away a significant load off the Ring Road by providing alternative connectivity to traffic coming from NH-I. The consultant appointed by PWD will carry out a traffic survey for the proposed bridges and also decide how the bridges will be aligned. The consultant is expected to submit the report in six months,’’ an official said.
At present, there are just eight bridges over the Yamuna against the city’s requirement of more than 20 bridges. The existing bridges include Signature Bridge, Old Bridge, DND flyway and those at Wazriabad, Geeta Colony, ITO, Nizamuddin and Kalindi Kunj. Two more bridges — one parallel to the Okhla Barrage and another which will be built as an extension of the Barapullah elevated road — are in the planning stage.
Meanwhile, PWD is also going to hire consultants for a 26.9-km, six-lane elevated corridor over the Najafgarh drain. The corridor will connect Kakrola Mor to Wazirabad over Outer Ring Road. The road, which will be similar to the Barapullah elevated road, will connect Kakrola Mor in West Delhi with Wazirabad in the North, via Meera Bagh, and cover Delhi University’s North Campus.
“The proposed corridor will be an important link to West and Northeast Delhi and will reduce traffic congestion within the city by offering an alternative connection to the peripheries,” the official said.