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RTR flyover finally sees the light of day, but other infra projects crawl

RTR flyover finally sees the light of day, but other infra projects crawl

New Delhi:

After a decadelong wait, the Rao Tula Ram (RTR) flyover was finally thrown open, bringing relief to lakhs of commuters from snarls that were made worse by the construction work that was under way since 2009.

On July 16, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated the flyover, which cut travel time by up to 20 minutes for commuters coming from south Delhi and heading towards Gurgaon and the airport. Apart from this, the LED streetlights installed on the flyover have also been saving up to 35% electricity.

The new flyover, emerging as an arm of the existing Munirka Flyover and extending up to Central Base Post Office, not only decongested the Poorvi Marg junction, Vasant Marg junction, RTR junction and Benito Juarez Marg junction, but also facilitated the toand-fro traffic movement from Munirka to the airport. The old RTR flyover reverted to being one-way for traffic coming from the airport and going towards IIT.

The flyover was the first part of the project and the second half of the project includes an underpass at Benito Juarez Marg and the longest skywalk of the city, running alongside the underpass. Officials claim that they would complete the construction work of these two structures by mid-2020.

Construction work of a few projects could not be finished in the year gone by, and they are now estimated to be completed in different months of 2020. One of such projects is the Pragati Maidan Redevelopment Plan, which was hit hard by construction ban.

On the underground parking at Pragati Maidan, a lot of work still needs to be done. The tunnel and the underpasses could not be constructed by December 2019, as officials concerned had claimed earlier. Construction ban also proved to be a hurdle in the smooth implementation of Chandni Chowk pedestrianisation.

Another project that could not take off in 2019 was the streetscaping project. Kejriwal has already announced the names of nine stretches that PWD would be redesigning as per international standards. However, in view of the construction ban and developments so far, it seems unlikely that work on all these stretches will be over even by 2020.