A proposed bypass from Mahipalpur to National Highway-8 has been sent to the Ridge Management Board for approval, with the preliminary survey and alignment work having been completed by the Public Works Department (PWD).
The bypass will reduce congestion along Mahipalpur, besides providing relief to motorists headed to Indira Gandhi International Airport from South Delhi.
Once the board gives its approval, the proposal will be sent to the government for administrative and financial approval.
“We have sent the proposal for the construction of the bypass from Mahipalpur, near Ryan International School, till NH-8 to the Ridge Management Board. The preliminary survey and alignment work for this project have been finalised. There was also a proposal by the Airports Authority of India to construct an internal road near the airport, which will connect with the bypass and provide direct access to the airport,” an official said.
The bypass, which will provide an alternative route to the airport while providing a link to Dwarka road, is part of Phase-III of a plan for alignment of the Mehrauli-Mahipalpur road.
“We will construct an underpass below NH-8 as part of Phase-III,” the official said.
Phase-I of the project involves widening the stretch from Andheria More to Aruna Asaf Ali Marg in Vasant Kunj.
“The matter regarding widening of the road was before the National Green Tribunal and has been vacated. Work on the project is expected to start soon,” the official said.
Work had stopped after a group of residents of Vasant Kunj approached the tribunal, objecting to the road-widening work, saying it would destroy nearly 1,000 trees.
The estimated cost of the project is Rs 58.21 crore. The stretch now has four lanes, which will be widened to accommodate eight. The road is now 16-30 metres wide and will be widened to 75 metres. Work stopped in February 2013, though the project was supposed to have been completed last year.
Phase-II of the project from Aruna Asaf Ali Marg to NH-8 requires large-scale land acquisition. “There is a lot of encroachment around Masoodpur and we are looking at all alternatives to resolve the issue,” the official said.