Staff Reporter

Seven approved, 10 under consideration

Estimated cost over Rs.1,650 croresTo be commissioned in 2008

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Government has decided to construct 25 new flyovers and underpasses at an estimated cost of over Rs.1,650 crores in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games 2010. The flyovers will be commissioned in 2008.

The Delhi Development Authority Technical Committee has already approved seven of these, while 10 are under consideration and eight in conceptual stage. The decision was taken at a meeting at Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday called to review the progress of various flyover projects. The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Development Minister A.K. Walia, besides senior government officials. She instructed officials to give priority to proper maintenance of flyovers and bridges in the city and expedite construction of various flyovers across the Capital.

The new flyovers include three between Indian Institute of Technology and National Highway-8 on Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, Nelson Mandela Marg and Rao Tularam Marg, at Naraina, Neela Hauz, an underpass connecting National Highway-24 to Lodi Road, an elevated east-west corridor connecting Connaught Place to East Delhi and underpass and cloverleaf at ITO Chungi.

Similarly, underpasses will be constructed at Shastri Park, Anand Vihar, Ghazipur, Apsara Border, while overbridges will come up near Shyam Lal College on GT Road. The plan also includes construction of a three-level flyover at Azadpur, flyovers at Mukerba Chowk, Mongolpuri Chowk, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, and underpass at Jwala Heri, Shanti Van, Rajghat, Rajaram Road and Pushta Road.

Ms. Dikshit stressed that priority should be given to Delhi's two main lifelines -- Ring Road and Outer Ring Road -- by making them signal-free.

Already 18 flyovers have come up on Ring Road while work on four was in progress. Similarly, Outer Ring Road now has nine flyovers. With the construction of new flyovers and underpasses on these two major roads would further ease traffic congestion, she added.