South Delhi’s next link to IGI Airport set to bypass Mahipalpur bottleneck

To get past the traffic bottleneck at Mahipalpur,a nightmare for motorists headed to the Indira Gandhi International Airport from South Delhi,the Public Works Department (PWD) will construct a bypass.

Written by Ruhi Bhasin | New Delhi | Published: May 4, 2012 12:50 am

To get past the traffic bottleneck at Mahipalpur,a nightmare for motorists headed to the Indira Gandhi International Airport from South Delhi,the Public Works Department (PWD) will construct a bypass to National Highway 8 from a spot near the Ryan International School in Vasant Kunj to Shiv Murti with a link to the Dwarka road.

This work will form Phase III of a plan for the alignment of the Mehrauli-Mahipalpur road which has been approved in principle by the office of the Lieutenant Governor.

Phase I of the project will involve widening the stretch from Andheria More to Aruna Asaf Ali Marg in Vasant Kunj. Final approval for implementation of this plan came in February this year from the UTTIPEC or the Unified Traffic and Transportation (Planning and Engineering) Centre. PWD officials said that work was handed over to them following a decision by the Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath.

In the minutes of the UTTIPEC meeting held on February 28,it is stated: “Governing body approved the proposal for Phase I for final implementation and approved in principle the broad conceptual alignment proposal (Phase II and III).”

An official of the PWD said: “The stretch from Andheria More to Aruna Asaf Ali Marg is 3.5 km. The process of land acquisition has already begun. Land required on this stretch belongs to the Delhi Development Authority. It has already handed over 50 per cent of the land to us. We hope that the rest of it will be given to us soon so that tenders can be floated to start the widening work. Thereafter,it will take three months for work to start on the ground. The entire widening work will take one year.”

According to preliminary estimates,the widening work will cost Rs 57 crore. “The road which is presently 30 m will have 75 m right of way. It will be widened from a four-lane road to an eight-lane stretch,’’ the official said.

The entire road length is part of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor under the Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System Ltd (DIMTS) and the PWD has been told to follow the corridor plan when it undertakes work on this stretch.

Phase II of the project from Aruna Asaf Ali Marg to NH-8 will require large scale land acquisition. “There is a lot of encroachment around Masoodpur. So we are looking at a flyover till around Nelson Mandela Road. Only 20-22 m right of way is available in Masoodpur and Mahipalpur area. We will hire a consultant to study the best possible solution for this area. This will happen simultaneously with Phase I,’’ the official said.

Phase III will involve creating a Mahipalpur bypass. “This bypass from Ryan International School to NH-8 near Shiv Murti will connect to the Dwarka road as proposed in the decision taken by the LG’s office on August 8,2011,’’ the official said.

According to this decision,the proposed new link road is not a Master Plan or Zonal road. But because it will provide an important link connecting Gurgaon/ Dwarka to South Delhi,all necessary action to incorporate this road in the Master Plan/Zonal Plan should be taken. The PWD will have to get a no-objection certificate from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) since some heritage structures are located in the vicinity of the proposed link road.

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