Ride to Delhi Airport To Get Signal Free
Delhi airport is the seventh busiest airport in Asia, and among the top-20 busiest airports in the world. Accessing the busiest airport in India is no easy job either. In a study of 60 airports by the School of Planning and Architecture last year that examined their “accessibility” by car, the Delhi airport was placed at the bottom of the list. The average car speed in the 25-kilometre radius of the airport was also lowest in the national capital, the study found.
Little wonder then that Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari found himself caught in an over two-hour traffic jam while he was approaching Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, sometime in December 2015. This is something those traveling from south Delhi to Gurgaon experience on a regular basis. While terming the Dhaula Kuan-IGI Airport stretch a pain point for everyone who travels between Delhi and Gurgaon, the empathetic minister immediately announced a plan to decongest this stretch. This is going to be done by construction of two flyovers, underpasses and foot over bridges at an estimated cost of Rs 260 crore.
About 14 months after the idea was mooted and about two months after Housing Minister Hardeep Singh Puri laid the foundation stone of the project, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) would not start the construction work. The Supreme Court’s Central Empowered Committee recently gave the highways development agency the permission to fell trees as it goes ahead to build infrastructure projects that would rid the always-in-use stretch of its almost-always –existing traffic jams. While about 2.54 lakh passenger car units cross the Dhaula Kuan Junction, 2.2 lakh passenger car units cross the Parade Road daily. During peak hours, 15,000 cars jam Dhaula Kuan while 14,000 ply on the Parade Road.
To make this stretch signal-free, one flyover would be built at the National Highway-8 stretch while another flyover would be built on the Dhaula Kuan Metro Station Road. An underpass would be built at the Parade Road Junction, apart from another one at the RR Hospital Link. The project is expected to be completed by April next year.