Ten years after it was first commissioned and later shelved, the East-West corridor is going to be revived and extended till Rohtak (NH 10). With an estimated cost of Rs 2,500 crore, the project is expected to decongest Vikas Marg and the New Delhi Railway station, sources said.
The Public Works Department (PWD) is in the process of carrying out a feasibility study again for constructing the project, which is now expected to be approximately 20 kilometers long.
It is expected to be completed by December 2018.
The project was first commissioned in 2005. To begin with, the elevated road was to begin at Akshardham and extend till New Delhi railway station.
The entire stretch was to be approximately 13 kilometers long.
However, in late 2008, the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) had raised certain objections to the construction of a stretch of the elevated road on the Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) Marg.
Reportedly, the Delhi government at that time too did not take up the project ahead of the Commonwealth Games (CWG), 2010. The project was eventually shelved in 2009.
Sources in the PWD said owing to the revival of the Anand Vihar railway station as a “world-class” station — with emphasis on multi-modal integration and the upcoming transit-oriented development (TOD) at Karkardooma in East Delhi — the department has decided to carry out a feasibility study and revive the corridor.
In its new phase, the corridor is expected to begin at the Anand Vihar railway station and run parallel to Vikas Marg.
It will pass through DDU Marg, New Delhi Railway station, Punjabi Bagh, Peeragarhi, till Rohtak (NH-10).
Officials said a new bridge in the form of the elevated stretch will have to be constructed parallel to Vikas Marg.
“The corridor will ease congestion at Peeragarhi, New Delhi railway station and Vikas Marg. We will need to seek permissions from the Railways for installation of pillars along the Anand Vihar railway station and the New Delhi railway station. The corridor will, in fact, be an elevated stretch running along the railway line,” a senior PWD official said.
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