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New avenues:Children cycling down the Barapullah elevated corridor soon after it was inaugurated by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in New Delhi on Tuesday.
NEW DELHI: Spelling an end to the long wait, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit opened the Barapullah elevated road to general traffic on Tuesday.
The elevated road along the Barapullah Nullah from Sarai Kale Khan, Ring Road, to Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium providing direct connectivity between Commonwealth Games Village and Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium consists of two independent carriageways of three lanes each.
It runs elevated all along the Nullah and crosses over Ring Road, Railway tracks near Nizamuddin railway station, Mathura Road and Lala Lajpat Rai Marg.
The corridor has been opened only for light vehicles and buses but trucks would not be allowed to ply on the road. Buses too would be required to take a compulsory right turn from Fourth Avenue traffic intersection near JLN Stadium. The Delhi Transport Corporation has also decided to ply buses on this road.
A Public Works Department official said: “Through construction of this elevated road along Barapullah Nullah an additional road capacity for movement of traffic from East Delhi to South Delhi has been created. This arterial road has been constructed right in the middle of the congested city without acquiring any land as the piers to support the elevated carriageway have been located in the bed of the Barapullah Nullah without disturbing the hydraulics of the drain or disrupting movement of rail and road traffic crossing the alignment of elevated road.”
Apart from helping decongest Ring Road at Ashram and Bhairon Road, the corridor would also help reduce travel distance by 4 km of from Ring Road Sarai Kale Khan to CGO Complex. “It would result in fuel savings by shortening the travel distance and eliminating any waiting time at the crossings as it is a signal-free stretch,” the official added.
Once extended across the Yamuna to connect with UP Link Road in its second phase of construction, the journey time from Noida to CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, and AIIMS would also be reduced to under 20 minutes.
According to the PWD, the Barapullah elevated road was constructed in 20 months by contractor agency DSC Limited at a cost of Rs. 498 crore.
After seeking all initial approvals including that from Indian Railways the work was started at the site in December 2008 and got completed in mid-September this year.
“However, the work has been executed at a much lesser amount with a saving of about Rs.25 crore in construction cost owing to technological innovation, optimisation and reduction in the prices of raw material like cement and steel during the past one and half years,” the PWD official added.
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