Ride to Delhi Airport To Get Signal Free
From next week onwards, drive between Vasant Kunj and IGI Airport will get smoother and 30 minutes shorter as the underpass on NH-8 connecting Mahipalpur Bypass and Aerocity will get operational. The 135-metre underpass with dual carriageway will help traffic bypass the congestion at Mahipalpur Village and cut down the long detour to enter the airport premises. The other roads will ease the traffic flow from Vasant Kunj, Dhaula Kuan and from Gurgaon. The underpass will also provide swift connectivity to the traffic coming from south Delhi as now they will be able to avoid Dhaula Kuan and Rao Tula Ram Marg. The entire stretch will be signal-free.
The entire plan to decongest the route includes two flyovers, underpasses and foot over bridges etc. To ensure seamless traffic flow from Mehrauli side towards IGI, a unidirectional flyover at Mahipalpur Bypass road and Vasant Kunj has been built. While traffic heading towards the airport can take the underpass to join the Northern Access Road, those who want to take a U-turn won't require to take the underpass and can take the slip road to reach at grid.
A three lane road has also been constructed for the traffic coming from the airport side towards Vasant Kunj. A node of this link has been provided for direct connectivity to NH-8 and Dhaula Kuan. Also, two loops have been built on either side of the tunnel for vehicles coming from Gurgaon to head towards Vasant Kunj and those coming from Vasant Kunj can take the other loop to go towards Dhaula Kuan.
The total expenditure of building the new connectivity was Rs 162 crore against approved cost of Rs 188 crore. The Central Public Works Department has completed the project in 395 days.
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.