Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Government on Monday cleared three projects of the Public Works Department aimed at easing traffic congestion in various parts of the Capital.

Following a Cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit announced that the PWD would construct a by-pass on Ring Road from Salimgarh Fort to Velodrome Road.

Costing Rs.654.39 crore, the road will ease traffic between Hanuman Mandir and Indraprastha Road. The project will be completed within 30 months from the date of award of work.

The by-pass, which has been cleared by the Union Urban Development Ministry, the Delhi Urban Arts Commission and the Technical Committee of the Delhi Development Authority besides various other committees, will also provide an alternative passage for VVIP movement to Mahatma Gandhi’s samadhi at Raj Ghat. The road, therefore, is supposed to bring relief to the security and traffic personnel as also the commuters who had to take detours on days like the birth and death anniversary of the Mahatma.

Ms. Dikshit announced that the Cabinet had also approved a project for corridor improvement of the Uttar Pradesh Link Road from National Highway No. 24 – from Noida Mor to Chilla Regulator – at a cost of Rs.334 crore.

The project, involving construction of a 3.7 km-long road, widening of a six-lane road to eight-lane with grade separators and an additional bridge on Hindon Cut at Chilla Regulator, will be completed within 27 months from the date of award of work.

The Cabinet cleared another project of introducing grade separators at T-point Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar on National Highway No.1. To be constructed at an estimated Rs.138 crore, the project is likely to ease traffic on G.T. Karnal Road and make it signal-free.