Vasant Vihar service lanes may be acquired to decongest RTR

Rail India Technical and Economic Services made a presentation to the Delhi government on Mondays putting forward suggestions to decongest Rao Tula Ram flyover.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 8, 2012 1:54:45 am

Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) made a presentation to the Delhi government on Mondays putting forward suggestions to decongest Rao Tula Ram (RTR) flyover.

According to senior PWD officials,the two options,which are presently at a conceptual stage,include either widening the existing flyover or the surface level road along Poorvi Marg.

The agency has been hired to look into corridor improvement of Outer Ring Road from IIT Gate to NH-8 intersection. Besides this,the agency has also been asked to look into immediate remedial measures that can be introduced to decongest RTR flyover. A central verge had been created recently to streamline the two-way traffic flow on the flyover in February.

“A presentation was made by RITES on RTR flyover. They have recommended widening the flyover. The overall improvement of surface-level traffic movement will have to be done even if it is widened. They will look into how this can be made possible. The second suggestion of widening the surface-level road to ensure smooth traffic from Vasant Vihar towards the Airport is already under consideration. This will require additional space along Poorvi Marg. The residents of Vasant Vihar have,however,been resisting such a move as we will have to take up some footpath and service lane space,’’ said a senior PWD official.

The RTR flyover,which was constructed as part of the Commonwealth Games projects,was originally planned as a three-lane,one-way facility from the airport to IIT. After huge bottlenecks were reported on the grade level from IIT to the airport,the traffic flow on the flyover was restricted to from IIT to the airport. Corresponding bottlenecks resulted near the Army Research and Referral Hospital and it was finally decided that the carriageway be made two-way,resulting in only one-and-a-half lanes being available to each side on top of the flyover.

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