Barapullah Road Phase-III Back On Track
After years of delay, Barapullah Road Phase III might get back on track as the Delhi government has ordered to purchase private plots on Yamuna riverbed that are holding up the construction. These two parcels of land fall in the alignment of the bridge between Sarai Kale Khan and Mayur Vihar. However, according to the officials, it would take at least 18 months to complete work on the missing link, once the private land is handed over to them.
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 had 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.
The smooth connectivity
Barapullah Road is six km road connecting Akshardham, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to INA Market and Aurobindo Marg in south Delhi, passing through Sewa Nagar Railway Crossing, Kushak drain and Lodhi Colony. The road also provide seamless connectivity for medical emergencies as east Delhi patients can reach AIIMS and Safdurjung Hospital in 15-20 minutes. The Phase II of 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 total expenses of the Phase II project was Rs 530-crore and provides additional connectivity to Ring Road at Sarai Kale Khan, Lala Lajpat Rai Marg and Bhishm Pitamah Marg.