Giving a fresh push to the ambitious third Ring Road project, Delhi Development Authority on Wednesday approved the road alignment of a small section, which has been stuck for years. With this, the agency can now start work on the last leg of the route that will decongest the city, once completed.
The 79km semi-circular stretch will provide vehicles entering the city from Karnal a direct link to NH-10 (towards Rohtak) and NH-8 (towards Gurgaon). According to the approved alignment, the extension starts from NH-1 and passes through Narela and Rohini and connects to NH-10. It then bypasses Najafgarh and connects to Dwarka and NH-8.
“This is an important project. It will help decongest the city. Soon, vehicles that are not Delhi bound can bypass the city . Once constructed, it will act as the third Ring Road,“ said a senior DDA official, who is also a member of Unified Traffic & Transportation Infrastructure (Planning & Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC).
The project is part of three urban extension roads proposed in the Master Plan of Delhi-2021. DDA officials say 75-78% of the construction is complete. The remai ning work is stuck because of the delay in land acquisition.
The road alignment between Khanjhawala and NH-10 was stuck due to technical and land related problems. “After carefully studying all the possible measures, UTTIPEC has approved the alignment for this section. Issues related to land acquisition will have to be addressed,“ said another official.
The stretch will have an underpass at Holambi Kalan and a tunnel at Meer Vihar and Bhagya Vihar. “This new road will have provision for MRTS and BRT systems,“ the official added.
Sources say though major portions of the project have been completed by DDA, talks are on with NHAI to clear the land acquisition hurdles.
Meanwhile, UTTIPEC also approved plans to provide last-mile connectivity from 20 metro stations. The multi-modal integration (MMI) projects comprise pedestrian facilities such as foot-overbridges, underpasses and space for parking of autorickshaws and e-rickshaws. There will be provision for non-motorised vehicles to ease traffic congestion around metro stations.