Three flyovers get DUAC nod

Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

The projects are coming up at Ghazipur, Apsara border and Nangloi

Work is already in progress on 15 other flyover, underpass and tunnel projects

There are seven projects which are pending approval with the DDA and DUAC

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Government has heaved a sigh of relief as the Delhi Urban Arts Commission has finally cleared three more flyover projects which it intends to complete ahead of the Commonwealth Games in 2010.

Delhi Urban Development Minister A.K. Walia said on Saturday that the DUAC has approved of the Ghazipur flyover project, Apsara border flyover project and Nangloi flyover project. With the Behra Enclave underpass and the Shyamlal College flyover also having been approved recently, he said the Delhi Government now has five new infrastructure projects on hand. Work on all these projects would begin in August and would be completed in 18 months time, he added.

As work is already in progress on 15 other flyover, underpass and tunnel projects, the Minister said the total number of projects on hand has gone up to 20. Incidentally, it was only after Dr. Walia strongly objected to the delay by the DUAC in approving the projects of the Public Works Department, that the Urban Arts Commission gave its approval to three of them.

The Minister said now there are seven projects which are pending approval with the Delhi Development Authority and the DUAC. “These include the Anand Vihar flyover, the Uttar Pradesh border National Highway-24 flyover, the Shastri Park tunnel, the National Highway-24 tunnel to Lodhi Road, the East-West Corridor and the road project behind Salimgarh Fort. We would take up the issue of these projects in August and are hopeful that work would also get under way on them in a month’s time hence.”

Dr. Walia said with these 27 projects, the face of Delhi would change. “We would not only be able to project Delhi in a good light during the Commonwealth Games 2010 but would also be able to make the lives of our people more comfortable for the years to come.”

Besides these project, he said another major project that would benefit lakhs of people is the road over the Disused Canal in East Delhi that would traverse through one of the most thickly populated parts of the city and would ease congestion on Vikas Marg and National Highway-24 to a great extent.

Moreover, to make the Akshardham Setu on National Highway-24 and the Karkardooma Mor intersection free, cloverleaves would also be constructed here. “These projects are to be executed by the Delhi Development Authority and we would be pursuing the matter with them as they would greatly reduce travelling time for those using these flyovers,” Dr. Walia said.

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