Ride to Delhi Airport To Get Signal Free
Soon, commuters going towards the Delhi airport from Mahipalpur and Vasant Kunj will not have to spend time at traffic signals at the National Highway-8 crossing. In a move to decongest the approach road and improve traffic movement near the airport, Housing Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has laid the foundation stone for a flyover and an underpass at Mahipalpur and the NH-8 that would make the route till the Indira Gandhi International Airport completely signal free.
The initial plan is to construct an underpass at the NH-8 and a flyover at the crossing of Vasant Kunj E-block and Mahipalpur. The underpass would be a two-way carriage of 11-metre width with two loops. These loops will facilitate smooth connectivity for traffic coming from Gurgaon going towards Vasant Kunj, and the traffic moving towards Dhaula Kuan.
Currently, commuters plying from the Vasant Kunj Road get stuck in the traffic jam near Mahipalpur. They also have to cross the NH-8 to come to the airport side.
The upcoming underpass will also provide swift connectivity to commuters of o the northern access road, also identified as the airport approach road. The flyover at the Vasant Kunj side will also cut travel time by 30 minutes. The timeline for completion of the project is March 2019.
The cost analysis and approvals
The Centre will be proving a large part of the Rs 188-crore fund needed to build the flyover. The Delhi government had finalised a proposal this regard in June last year. The entire construction work is being done by the Central Public Works Department. This is for the first time that CPWD would be constructing a flyover in the national capital.
Commuters traveling towards the airport from south Delhi will also get rid of traffic woes as the Public Works Department (PWD) is also making the Rao Tula Ram flyover two-way. The new Rao Tula Ram flyover will be longer than the existing flyover, and will make the ride easy to the airport.
It will start from the existing Palam flyover and would take commuters till the Army base, where the flyover connecting the NH-8 will start. According to the plan, the PWD will be constructing a three-lane elevated loop or a wing from the Munirka flyover, which will run along the RTR flyover and end at the NH-8.