Janpath to Mandi House among the worst affected areas
Several important Delhi roads will be affected because of Metro's Phase III construction picking up steam in the coming months, especially along their Janpath to Mandi House and Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate corridors.
Among the most affected areas would be Mandi House, Delhi Gate, ITO, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, and Bhagwan Dass Road, where traffic diversions would be put in place for almost two years during the construction of these corridors.
“The work on Janpath to Mandi House stretch has been going on for some time with traffic diversions at Janpath already in place. Since work on the Mandi House station includes a roundabout, traffic restrictions would be introduced here in a phased manner,” said a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) spokesperson.
According to Joint commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg, at the Mandi House roundabout, the branch leading towards Bhagwan Dass Road and left hand carriageway from Tilak Marg towards Mandi House roundabout would be affected for around two months. Movement on all other branches of the roundabout will remain unaffected.
With the DMRC expected to begin work on the Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate corridor soon, traffic is likely to take a hit at the already congested ITO, Delhi Gate, Vishnu Digamber Marg and Kotla Marg. Traffic coming from Connaught Place or Indraprastha Marg would be diverted towards Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, Vishnu Digamber Marg and Kotla Marg before merging at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg. In the opposite direction, traffic moving from Delhi Gate towards ITO, a wider carriageway would be provided for vehicular movement.
The metro station construction at Delhi Gate would cause changes for traffic going towards LNJP Hospital. The free left turn from BSZ Marg towards the hospital will become signalised.
The DMRC officials said the traffic movement plans submitted to the traffic police were “almost final” and these traffic diversions would be put in place at different times over the course of the next two years.