PWD minister Satyendra Jain on Thursday said the government has asked the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for Rs 1,200 crore for the construction of Phase III of Barapullah Elevated Road, which will connect Sarai Kale Khan and Mayur Vihar.
Jain said the centrally-controlled DDA has sufficient funds to finance the project, which is estimated to cost Rs 1,260.63 crore. The project was approved by Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung last November and its foundation stone was laid by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh before the Delhi Assembly polls.
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Jain said the DDA has a separate development fund collected from the citizens of Delhi. As Barapullah is a development project, Jain said DDA should finance it. He also said the government will have no objection if the DDA wishes to construct the road on its own.
The government has also proposed to build a jogging track along the elevated road. “A jogging track will be very useful to people from a health point of view,” Jain said, adding that solar panels will also be installed on poles along the jogging track.
The proposed bridge over the Yamuna will be an “extradosed” bridge stretching over 550 m. An extradosed bridge is a combination of a cable-stayed bridge and one built on a beam and column arrangement. The bridge will have only six piers in the river portion with 128 metre spans.
At the time of seeking approval for the project, PWD officials had told Jung that the project would be completed by December 2017.
With the extension of the 3.4 km corridor from Sarai Kale Khan to Mayur Vihar, Noida and Mayur Vihar will be connected to South Delhi. This will ease traffic on NH-24 and decongest the Ring Road at Ashram, South Extension and Bhairon Marg.