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Kalindi Bypass project put on fast track

After being on paper for nearly a decade,the Kalindi Bypass road project has finally been put on the fast-track,with the government hoping to start construction in around 16 months.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
December 21, 2010 4:26:59 am

Govt hopes to complete project by 2014; will create alternative Faridabad-Delhi route

After being on paper for nearly a decade,the Kalindi Bypass road project has finally been put on the fast-track,with the government hoping to start construction in around 16 months.

Twelve companies have applied to offer consultancy services to prepare a detailed technical and financial feasibility report for the project,which is expected to reduce travel time between Delhi and Faridabad.

“We are hopeful that the consultant would be appointed within a fortnight. We want to start actual construction by June 2012,” said A K Sinha,principal chief engineer of the Public Works Department (PWD),the main construction agency.

Once the consultants submit their report,PWD officials say they plan to select a contractor who will take up the project on a built-operate-transfer basis.

“We are aiming to get the bypass ready by June 2014 if we get all clearances by June 2012. Contractors don’t take more than two years to build such a project,” said a top Public Works Department official.

According to the government,the bypass will create an alternative route for commuters travelling from Delhi to Faridabad apart from the congested Mathura Road,and would cut travel time.

PWD officials said the consultants will not only study the alignment for the road,but also explore ways to integrate it with the DND Flyway and the Ring Road.

“We are thinking of eventually connecting the bypass with the Barapullah elevated road and the Salimgarh Fort bypass,so that it can be a parallel road to the existing Ring Road,” a PWD engineer said.

The 27-km long Kalindi Bypass,beginning at Kalindi Colony near the Yamuna and going upto Palwal in Haryana along the western banks of the Yamuna,was first proposed by the Delhi government in 2002.

The government had sanctioned nearly Rs 100 crore to construct the 14-km stretch that falls in Delhi. The remaining 13-km stretch in Haryana has already been constructed.

Construction of the Delhi stretch ran into rough weather when the Uttar Pradesh government refused to part with some of the land it owned that was required for construction.

In 2006,the Delhi High Court prohibited any construction within 300 metres of the edge of the Yamuna’s bank,but later ruled that the road could come up 120 metres from the riverbank.

Bypass factfile
* Proposed by Delhi govt in 2002
* 27-km bypass extends from Kalindi Colony in Delhi to Palwal in Haryana
* Rs 100 cr sanctioned for 14-km stretch in Delhi

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