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Delhi: Pragati Maidan corridor to be finished by May-end

The Pragati Maidan Built-in Transit Hall — comprising a 1.2-km lengthy tunnel and 6 underpasses — is ready to be accomplished by the tip of Could, officers engaged on the mission stated. The mission, which started in November 2017, is geared toward lowering site visitors in and round India Gate and Ring Highway.

A Public Works Division official stated, “85% of the mission is full. Connecting branches and small parts are but to be completed.” He stated pending work consists of placing up street signages, landscaping and horticulture works.

The mission confronted delays due a ban on development as a result of air pollution in 2019 after which as a result of Covid lockdown and the labour scarcity that ensued final yr.

The PWD official added that site visitors between India Gate and Ring Highway will likely be a lot smoother as soon as the mission is accomplished.

The world homes the Supreme Courtroom, Excessive Courtroom, Pragati Maidan, Purana Qila and different necessary constructions, which make it crowded in the course of the day. Additional, the PWD had estimated that as Ghaziabad and East Delhi proceed to develop, site visitors would improve on Ring Highway, Bhairon Marg and Sher Shah Highway. The goal of the mission is to ease site visitors on Mathura Highway, Bhairon Marg and Ring Highway close to ITO. At the moment, these roads are choked throughout peak hours as many automobiles head from East Delhi in direction of Central Delhi or Gurgaon through these routes.

The mission is developing alongside Mathura Highway, Bhairon Highway and Mahatma Gandhi Marg. The primary 1.2-km-long tunnel, which begins from Mathura Highway and ends at Ring Highway, connects Mathura Highway to Mahatma Gandhi street. There are two ramps — one from the primary tunnel to Ring Highway and one from Ring Highway to the primary tunnel. There are two loops and numerous connecting branches.

The six underpasses are situated at six junctions within the space. The primary is situated close to DPS on Mathura Highway, and the second, very near the primary, close to Kaka Nagar. The third is situated close to the Purana Qila Highway and the Mathura Highway T-junction. The fourth is close to Bhagwan Das Highway and Mathura Highway T-junction, and the fifth close to Bhairon Marg and Ring Highway T-junction. The sixth is situated at Bhairon Marg.

The estimated price of the mission was initially set at Rs 777 crore. Nevertheless, it was revised within the preliminary levels of the plan to Rs 994 crore. Officers stated this was due to modifications within the design and prices for shifting sure utilities.

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