April 7, 2012 3:05:54 am
After several modifications in the construction plan for the ITO Metro station,the Traffic Police have finally given a green signal to the project. The construction work is now expected to start anytime after April 15.
The DMRC had twice submitted a plan to the Traffic Police demanding closure of certain arterial roads and stretches,but they were asked to rework the plan and submit a detailed timeline.
According to the final circulation plan,the stretch starting from Aggarwal Chowk to the post office on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg would remain shut for the next two years. People coming from India Gate towards ITO and going towards Delhi Gate will have to take a compulsory left on DDU Marg,and then a right towards Kotla Marg to reach Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg.
Traffic coming from Delhi Gate towards ITO on the opposite carriageway of BZM will not be affected. However,the 11-metre carriageway will now be reduced to 9 metres,because of the space required for the construction of the underground station. Initially,it was suggested that the left carriageway of BSZ Marg be widened,eating into the service lane.
According to the new plan,the parking space in the service lane will remain untouched,and instead,the parking near the post office on Kotla Road will have to be relocated.
The service roads next to Delhi Gate will also be shut for the construction work. Also,the free left turn from Delhi Gate towards LNJP Hospital and Ramlila Maidan will now have a signal.
Vehicles coming from Tilak Marg going towards Mandi House will now have to take Sikandra Road,as one carriageway of Bhagwan Dass Road will remain shut for over two months from Monday. Vehicles will not be allowed to go straight on Bhagwan Dass Road,instead,they will have to take a right towards W-Point and reach Sikandra Road. Motorists coming from South Delhi are advised to take Copernicus Marg to reach Mandi House.
Mandi House will not be affected,as there is no change in carriageway or diversion proposed in the area,Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg said.
The plan will be implemented after the MCD elections,and proper road signages will be in place for the commuters. Also,for a few days,police will place soft barricades near the blocked roads,to see how it functions. If there is any problem in the movement of traffic,we will look into it again, Garg said.
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