Foun­da­tion laid for 2 fly­overs to ease Isbt-shah­dara traf­fic

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SMOOTH RIDE To be built at Shas­tri Park junc­tion and See­lam­pur cross­ing within 18 months

NEWDELHI: Traf­fic bot­tle­necks in con­gested east Delhi ar­eas such as See­lam­pur and Shas­tri Park are ex­pected to ease out by Au­gust next year, with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) govern­ment lay­ing the foun­da­tion stone for two road in­fra­struc­ture projects on Sun­day. The projects in­clude con­struc­tion of a two-way fly­over at Shas­tri Park junc­tion and a one-way fly­over par­al­lel to the ex­ist­ing one at See­lam­pur cross­ing.

State ur­ban de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Satyen­dar Jain claimed both projects would re­duce travel time be­tween Kash­mere Gate in­ter-state bus ter­mi­nal (ISBT) and Shah­dara by five min­utes to seven min­utes. “These fly­overs would give a boost to road in­fra­struc­ture in east Delhi. Once op­er­a­tional, the stretch be­tween ISBT Kash­mere Gate and Ut­tar Pradesh bor­der will be­come sig­nal-free,” he said adding work on the two projects would be com­pleted within 18 months.

Un­der the first project, the Pub­lic Works Depart­ment (PWD) would con­struct a 700m long sixlane fly­over with a dou­ble car­riage­way at Shashtri Park junc­tion. The width of each car­riage­way of the Shas­tri Park fly­over will be 10.5m. The fly­over will have two loops; one com­ing from Kha­juri Chowk and turn­ing to­wards Kashmiri Gate and the sec­ond one com­ing from Gandhi Na­gar and turn­ing to­wards Shah­dara.

The sec­ond project will be 1.2 km long two-lane, one-way fly­over which will be con­structed par­al­lel to the ex­ist­ing one-way fly­over at See­lam­pur cross­ing. The width of each car­riage­way on the See­lam­pur fly­over will be 7m.

The cost of the projects is pegged at ₹303.31 crore. PWD of­fi­cials said work for the two projects was awarded re­cently. These projects were cleared by the Delhi Cabi­net in July last year, while the Uni­fied Traf­fic and Trans­porta­tion In­fra­struc­ture (Plan­ning and Engi­neer­ing) Cen­tre (UTTIPEC) had ap­proved them in June 2017.

Speak­ing at the event, chief

Kash­mere Gate Metro sta­tion Yud­hishter Setu

Shas­tri Park Metro sta­tion

See­lam­pur Metro sta­tion

Ya­muna river Ra­jghat Wel­come Metro sta­tion

Geeta Colony Laxmi Na­gar Es­ti­mated time of com­ple­tion

min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal crit­i­cised the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for harp­ing on com­mu­nal­ism, de­mon­eti­saton, Goods and Ser­vices Taxes (GST) and the on­go­ing seal­ing drive.

“Real na­tional build­ing is these fly­overs… In­fus­ing ha­tred in people is not na­tion build­ing,” he said.the CM also blamed BJP for ob­struct­ing its flag­ship projects in­clud­ing CCTV sur­veil­lance for bet­ter safety, in­stal­la­tion of which he said would be­gin next week, mo­halla clin­ics and build­ing class­rooms. He also al­leged that north­east Delhi MP Manoj Ti­wari and east Delhi MP Ma­heish Girri had not worked in their re­spec­tive con­stituen­cies in the past five years.

Ke­jri­wal also sought to put an end to the con­stant con­fronta­tion with the Cen­tre by ask­ing people to vote for AAP in the up­com­ing Lok Sabha elec­tions.

“It is clear that the next govern­ment in Delhi will be of AA, so if you elect the seven Delhi MPS from AAP as well, then all de­vel­op­ment works would speed up 100 times. These fights should end for de­vel­op­ment to be fast-tracked,” he said.

Re­spond­ing to Ke­jri­wal’s al­le­ga­tions, BJP’S Delhi unit chief Manoj Ti­wari said the CM was rais­ing “only po­lit­i­cal is­sues” for votes while his govern­ment had missed ma­jor de­vel­op­ment tar­gets. “The AAP govern­ment failed to pro­vide any buses or even walk­ing space to pedes­tri­ans, roads are also full of pot­holes. All this is noth­ing but a way of di­vert­ing people’s at­ten­tion and mis­lead­ing them,” he said.


Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial es­ti­mates, once the two fly­overs be­come op­er­a­tional, the ISBT Kash­mere Gate-shah­dara stretch will be sig­nal-free, re­duc­ing travel time by five to seven min­utes.

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