22 per cent work complete : Grade separator work started two years ago,project estimated to cost Rs 173 crore
Two years after its foundation stone was laid,the status report for Rani Jhansi Road grade separator issued in December says a dismal 22 per cent of the project has been completed so far. One of the Municipal Corporation of Delhis bigger projects,the grade separator aims to reduce traffic congestion around Azad Market.
While the project was to be completed earlier last year,it has been repeatedly delayed due to litigation over the land,which the MCD is waiting to get possession of.
At present,a vehicle takes between 45 minutes and an hour to cover the 1.6 km-stretch from Rani Jhansi Road to St Stephens Hospital.
The grade separator,or the flyover,is to have 36 pillars so far only 18 pillars have been constructed. According to Inderjeet Singh,a shopkeeper in the Tyre Market,the last pillar was built nearly a year ago. Since then,very little construction has been undertaken.
The MCD removed 90 shops on the west side of the road to build six pillars in 2009. Since then,nothing has happened, he says.
Last month,the MCD got the shopkeepers on the east side of the Tyre Market road to partly demolish their shops for road-widening. Baljeet Suri,one of the shopkeepers who lost six feet of his shop,says so far no compensation has been given to the shopkeepers.
MCD officials,however,maintain that the problems of land acquisition are close to being resolved. They expect the construction of the grade separator to pick up pace starting this month. According to a senior official of the MCD,on December 21 a Delhi court pronounced a decision in favour of the MCD,allowing it to get land from the Railways.
According to the decision,the MCD has been given 5,945 square metre of land behind the Tyre Market,5,050 square metre behind Motia Bagh Colony and 1,244 square metre at the City Booking office all three at present belong to the Railways. The court orders says the owner of the property (on the said land) must demolish the construction within 21 days of the order date. If they fail to do so,the MCD is free to demolish them at their will.
Usually we ask owners to demolish their own buildings,as that way they can keep the bricks and other material. Once we get the land,the rest of the pillars can be constructed, the official said.
The civic body has already got 2,590 square metre of land from St Stephens Hospital,3,676 square metre from Church Mess,1,183 square metre from National Cold Storage near Baraf Khana,3,841 square metre from Azar Market area and 1,244 square metre from the Filmistan side.
To be constructed at a cost of Rs 173 crore,the flyover will be 1.6-km long and will cover Rani Jhansi Road,Bara Hindu Rao,DCM Chowk,Azad Market and Baraf Khana Chowk to reach St Stephens Hospital.
After it is completed,vehicles will take only five minutes to reach the other side,the civic agency claims.
Land that MCD still needs
5,945sq m land behind Tyre Market
5,050sq m behind Motia Bagh Colony
1,244sq metre at City Booking office
Land that MCD already has
2,590sq m from St Stephens Hospital
3,676sq m from Church Mess
1,183sq m from National Cold Storage
3,841sq m from Azar
1,244sq m from Filmistan side