Promising to drastically reduce commuting time from Safdarjung railway station to North Moti Bagh by facilitating a barrier-free straight movement between these two points, the underpass at Shanti Path is all set to be unveiled to the public on Friday by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Constructed by the New Delhi Municipal Council at a cost of Rs.12.33 crore, the underpass project has been completed within a period of one year following long delays after being granted approval in May 2008 by the Council. To be completed by the original deadline of September 2010 before the Commonwealth Games, the project suffered a setback due to non-issuance of the No Objection Certificate by the Railways. The project finally got clearance in October 2009 following intervention of the Chief Minister and work finally began on the project in January last year.

New technique

The USP of this project is the use of Box Pushing Technique instead of normal cut and cover method thus avoiding closure of traffic lanes of Shanti Path and without affecting movement of vehicles on the stretch during the project's construction.

An NDMC official said: “Four concrete boxes of 10 metres each were constructed separately and then lowered through an opening pushed one by one to make a tunnel culminating in the form of an underpass.”