The Delhi government has chalked out a plan to cut down travel time between Gurgaon and north Delhi by constructing a North-South corridor across the city. The proposal has been sent to the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) for approval. Once approved, the project construction will begin in six months while the deadline is 2022-end.
Earlier in 2017, Delhi Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal directed the authorities to approve a signal-free road project between north Delhi’s Wazirabad and the IGI Airport, which will bring down travel time on the 29-km stretch to 20-30 minutes.
Once the north-south signal-free corridor, which will consist of elevated stretches and a tunnel, is constructed, the travel time will be reduced to 20 to 30 minutes from the existing three hours. The project is expected to be completed in three years from the date of its approval, at an estimated cost of Rs 6,000 crores.
“The Lt Governor has directed the UTTIPEC to approve the Delhi government’s ambitious north-south signal-free corridor project from Signature Bridge (Wazirabad) to IGI Airport at the earliest. It is expected that the UTTIPEC will give its nod in one month,” the PWD minister said. The project will also help to decongest the city’s roads.
A PWD official said that as part of the project, a 6.1-km-long tunnel will be constructed from Zakira area to Pankha Road and thereafter, an elevated stretch go up to Urban Extension Area 2 (National Highway 8 Gurugram). The minister said that a nine-km elevated stretch will also be built along Najaggarh drain.
“It will benefit commuters a lot. At present, the travel time from Wazirabad to IGI Airport is around three hours, but once this project is completed, it will be reduced to 20 to 30 minutes,” he said. Jain said that the government plans to run high-speed electric buses on this stretch.
With additional inputs from Surbhi Gupta