Moving to reduce travel time between Delhi and Faridabad,the office of the Lieutenant-Governor has cleared the alignment for the Kalindi Kunj bypass. Once built,this 14-km bypass will help decongest Ashram Chowk and the NH-2 stretch.
Land acquisition issues had stalled the project,conceived in 2002. A Public Works Department (PWD) official said the bypass will begin from the Ring Road near the DND flyover loop and end at a point near the Badarpur border.
Project details had been submitted to the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre for clearance. At a meeting on November 22,the L-G gave approval to the alignment for the Kalindi Kunj bypass, the official said.
Once all clearances are in,the project will be completed in three years. An environment impact study will be conducted. A detailed model will be made and submitted to the Delhi Urban Art Commission and the Yamuna standing committee for clearance. We are awaiting the formation of the next state government because it has to go to the Cabinet for scrutiny, the PWD official said.
A consultant hired by the PWD turned in a feasibility report on the bypass,suggesting three alignment possibilities.
We shortlisted the alignment that will cause minimum disruption. The bypass will start near the DND flyway loop and run parallel to it till Batla House,up to which point it will be at-grade. From there,it will be built 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 canal and connect to the Badarpur bypass built by Haryana, the official said.
The total length of the bypass will be 14 km and it is expected to cost around Rs 750 crore. The first at-grade length will be 2 km,the stilt section will be 6 km and there will be another 6-km at-grade stretch.
Thirty boundary pillars have already come up near the DND to mark the bypass site.
The project was to start in May 2003 and work was to be completed by May 2005. But the UP government refused to part with its land.
We are in touch with HUDA. This bypass will be connected to the Badarpur bypass,which is ready. There is a 700-m stretch which falls on the Haryana side. A decision needs to be taken on who will construct it. We are willing to construct it if Haryana says so, the official said.
Vikaspuri to Noida signal-free<\b>
Flyovers have been proposed over the crossings at Majnu-ka-Tila and Metcalfe House,making the stretch from Vikaspuri to Noida signal-free. The proposals have been cleared by L-Gs office. Flyovers are being built between Vikaspuri and Wazirabad. Once built,motorists can take the Signature Bridge at Wazirabad and reach Noida via Majnu-ka-Tila,Metcalfe House crossing,Shastri Nagar flyover,ITO Chungi underpass,Akshardham flyover and Mayur Vihar flyover.