The much-awaited flyover at the Nelson Mandela and Vivekanand Marg crossings which is expected to improve traffic flow to the Indira Gandhi International airport from South Delhi was today inaugurated by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
With the inauguration of the flyover, built at a cost of Rs. 104 crore, the entire stretch on the Outer Ring Road from IIT Delhi to the IGI airport has become signal free.
The signal free movement of traffic on the stretch is expected to improve traffic flow on other arterial roads in the area as well.
On the occasion, Ms. Dikshit said her government was committed to further improve transport infrastructure in the city.
The 1,211 metre-long flyover built at the Vivekanand Marg—Nelson Mandela Marg and Poorvi Marg intersections has unique features like noise barriers of polycarbonate lexon sheets and concrete pavement for its entire length.
The landscaping work under the flyover is being done as per suggestions by the India Society of Landscape Architects (ISOLA).
The Outer Ring Road stretch between IIT Gate and the NH 8 linking the airport caters to over two lakh vehicles daily.
Considering the heavy traffic volume, the Delhi Government in 2006—07 had decided to construct three flyovers - one at the Africa Avenue-Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, another at Rao Tula Ram Marg-Benito Juarez Marg intersection and the third one at Munirka.
The flyover at Africa Avenue and Aruna Asaf Ali Marg crossings was opened in August last year while the flyover at Rao Tula Ram Marg and Benito Juarez Marg intersections was inaugurated in January.
The city government is spending over Rs. 5,000 crore to improve connectivity in the national capital ahead of the Commonwealth Games to be held from October 3 to 14.