NEW DELHI

Delay in flyovers shows Govt. in poor light

NEW DELHI, JULY 24 . It is a sad tale of broken promises. Continued delay in construction of flyovers across the Capital despite assurances to the contrary has shown the Delhi Government in poor light. Even as the Government inaction continues, lakhs of motorists and commuters suffer day in and day out on the city roads. Amid all these delays, the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation has thrown open one side of the Lajpat Nagar-Srinivaspuri Ring Road flyover, one of the longest in the Capital. The Corporation has promised to open the second carriageway of the flyover by September this year easing traffic movement on this busy section. Similarly, the Dhaula Kuan underpass on the Naraina stretch of Ring Road is likely to the opened for traffic by the end of September. When completed it would put an end to the trauma of motorists and commuters moving on Delhi-Gurgaon Road as also the South Extension-Naraina stretch.

Though the Delhi Government had promised sometime ago that it would make a majority of the flyovers operational by end of July or early September, this is unlikely to happen. The Public Works Department, which is executing the Britania Chowk flyover in North-West Delhi, has once again forwarded the date for completion from July to September this year. As the blame game continues, life has become hell for motorists passing through this stretch as they are subjected to unending traffic jams. "The DDA is the main culprit for the delay in completion of the flyover. They have to carry out some demolitions, but their response has not been encouraging despite repeated reminders for the past one year,'' the PWD Minister, A.K. Walia, said.

The time for completion of B-Avenue flyover near Panchsheel Road has once again been postponed to October. The Khel Gaon Marg flyover will be completed by the end of September. The failure to complete these two projects on time has wrecked havoc in the area as traffic jams and delays have become the order of the day. The flyover on the marginal Bund Road adjoining Pushta Road in East Delhi will now be completed by November end instead of September.

As for the Delhi Development Authority projects, the Road Over Bridge (ROB) at Pankha Road on the Delhi-Riwari road would now be completed only by the end of this year. The delay, Dr. Walia said, has occurred due to failure of the Railways to complete their work on time. Similarly, a new deadline of December has been fixed for the much-delayed G.T. Road flyover on Road No. 66 near Seelampur in East Delhi.

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