Staff Reporter

To release Rs. 266.4 crores as land acquisition cost for expressways

NEW DELHI: In an effort to decongest the Capital and prevent entry of unwanted commercial or private vehicles into the city, the Delhi Cabinet on Monday approved release of Rs. 266.4 crores as the city's share of enhanced land acquisition cost for peripheral expressways. It also gave the nod for construction of a grade separator at Mukarba Chowk at a cost of Rs.195 crores.

The Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit decided to release its share on account of enhanced land acquisition cost by the Haryana Government from Rs. 844 crores to Rs.1, 307 crores for both the Western and Eastern peripheral expressways. Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are bound by an agreement to release in the proportion of 50, 25 and 25 per cent, respectively, for land acquisition cost. The new expressway would provide a direct link to heavy traffic and unwanted commercial vehicles which otherwise are not destined for entry into Delhi.

The 135 km Western peripheral expressway from Kundli to Palwal via Manesar and the 134 km Eastern peripheral expressway from Kundli to Palwal via National Highway-1 and National Highway-2 would have the same starting point at Kundli and the same termination point at Palwal in Haryana. Of the 134 km length of the Eastern peripheral expressway 44, km will be in Haryana and 90 km in UP.

In another major decision expected to provide relief to commuters and those entering Delhi from the G.T. Karnal Road side on the Delhi-Ambala national highway, the Cabinet cleared construction of the long-pending grade separator at Mukarba Chowk. This will comprise a main flyover, four slip roads and four clover leaves apart from a pedestrian subway, ramps, a bicycle track and a footpath to be constructed by the Public Works Department at an estimated cost of Rs.195 crores within 30 months of the award of work.

Mukarba Chowk is one of the busiest junctions and the entry point for the North corridor to Delhi. It is a junction formed by NH-1, Road No.26 and Mall Road Extension. The new grade separator would benefit the residential and industrial areas in North-West Delhi and inter-State traffic moving from North-West Delhi, as it will make the entry and exit to various points in the city Delhi signal-free.