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New Barapullah extn: Zip from east Delhi to IGI in 40 minutes

New Barapullah extn: Zip from east Delhi to IGI in 40 minutes

New Delhi:

The capital’s flagship elevated road is set to be extended to Delhi Cantonment, which will enable east Delhi commuters to zip to IGI Airport in just 40 minutes.

Even as work on phase III (Sarai Kale Khan to Mayur Vihar-I) of the Barapullah corridor is yet to finish, the Public Works Department (PWD) has drawn up plans for phase IV — a 7km elevated extension of the flyway to the west, from INA market to the Army Hospital in Delhi Cantonment on NH 8.

Of this, 4.5km will run along the railway track that has stations at Sarojini Nagar, Chanakyapuri and Safdarjung. The corridor will cross Safdarjung airport and Dhaula Kuan before dropping down in front of the Army Hospital on NH 8.

Officials said the approximate budget for this project would be around Rs 300 crore and it would take over a year to complete after commencement. They expect the project to be completed by 2021.

The extended Barapullah flyway will slash commute time from east Delhi to the airport by more than half — from 90 minutes or more to just 40 minutes during peak office hours. Officials said that a bicycle track has also been proposed.

The new stretch could have foot over-bridges for pedestrians and at least four entry/exit points to make the corridor more accessible for commuters, officials said.


How Barapullah-IV will link east with west

They said some of the traffic that crawls on the phase II flyover will also get diverted here and make it easy for commuters.

Currently, the two-wing bridge between Sarai Kale Khan and Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is operational. The link between INA market and JLN stadium also started operating last year. Officials said phase IV of the project will make it easy for people to visit popular markets such as INA, Dilli Haat and Sarojini Nagar and also make way for patients coming to hospitals such as AIIMS and Safdarjung.

As a part of the feasibility test that is going on, the route of the 7km stretch has been finalised. The elevated corridor will end at the airport approach road so that congestion at Dhaula Kuan can be avoided, a PWD official said.

The corridor will reduce traffic pile-ups over a large part of central Delhi as Barapullah will act as a link between NH 24 in the east and NH 8 in the western part of the city.

Meanwhile, the Barapullah phase III project — Mayur Vihar-1 to Sarai Kale Khan — has been delayed by several months. Work in this phase is stuck because the PWD needs to acquire almost nine acres on the eco-sensitive Yamuna floodplain to build pillars. Officials said they will make parts of this flyover operational when the work is completed because permissions for a middle passage are still stuck.

Once phase III is completed, the bridge will decongest Sardar Patel Marg, the Ridge area, Chanakyapuri, Lodhi Road and Teen Murti Marg. Motorists can drive on the elevated road from Mayur Vihar to INA, without the hassle of waiting at traffic signals. The bridge is also expected to decongest Ring Road and NH 24.

The elevated road is one of Delhi’s major projects with phase I coming up during the Commonwealth Games when the link from Sarai Kale Khan to Nehru Stadium was opened. As part of the Phase II extension, three loops were opened in January 2018.