Barapullah Road Phase-II Opens For Public On July 28

Barapullah Road Phase-II Opens For Public On July 28

Barapullah Road Phase-II Opens For Public On July 28
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People staying in east Delhi will be able to access south Delhi markets and even airport as Barapullah Road Phase-II will be open for public use on July 28.  Started in 2013, the Phase-II of this road project was slated for completion in 2015 but got delayed due to pending clearance from the railways. While the construction over the stretch is finished, Phase-III is also inching towards reality at a snail's pace due to construction permits over Yamuna riverbed. Once operational, Noida and south Delhi will enjoy smoother connectivity with airport.

The plan

Barapullah Road Phase-II: Running three years behind schedule, Barapullah Phase-II project will be a two-km section that would connect the existing stretch of Akshardham-Jawaharlal Nehru to INA Market and Aurobindo Marg in south Delhi, passing through Sewa Nagar Railway Crossing, Kushak drain and Lodhi Colony. The project was basically held up due to pending permission from the railways to construct pillars on the railway land. Apart from this, the construction work had to be stalled every year during monsoon to ensure there is no waterlogging at Kushak Nullah. The proposed road will have six lanes and would be nine metres, just like the existing stretch. After Phase-II becomes operational, the total length of the road will be around 6 km. The road will also provide seamless connectivity for medical emergencies as east Delhi patients can reach AIIMS and Safdurjung Hospital in 15-20 minutes. The total expenses of the project is Rs 530-crore and would provide additional connectivity to Ring Road at Sarai Kale Khan, Lala Lajpat Rai Marg and Bhishm Pitamah Marg.

Barapullah Road Phase-III- The proposed stretch when operational will start from Mayur Vihar and will meet the existing elevated corridor at Sarai Kale Khan. This will reduce the travel time between east and south Delhi to 20 minutes. Barapullah Road Phase-III will open a new gateway for traffic plying from NH-24 to reach airport and NH-8 in 45 minutes. The total cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 1,142 crore and would be 9.5 km in length.

Proposed in 2015, Phase-III of the stretch was due for completion in October 2017 but due to procedural delays, the project has been delayed for three more years, if media reports are to be believed. Though Delhi Deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia has announced that the flyover will be ready by the end of 2018, the ground reality is little different. The delay in land acquisition and shifting of high-tension power transmission line have stalled the project construction for now. According to Public Works Department (PWD) officials, two plots measuring 500 metres and 250 metres are yet to be acquired. According to the new rules, before acquiring any private land, a Social Impact Assessment (SIA) has to be done. The study for the said land started in September last year. Once SIA report is submitted, it would take at least a year to acquire the land and another one-and-a-half year for completing the construction. Since the land has swampy soil, it would take extra time to dig wells for erecting the columns.

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