Metro construction works on the Ring Road would barely affect 5% of city’s massive traffic, says a Delhi Metro report.
Delhi traffic police have heaved a sigh of relief after seeing the proposed diversion plans prepared by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which made it with the help of TPA Engineers Consultancy Pvt Ltd.
Construction work on the city’s lifeline, as part of Delhi Metro’s proposed longest corridor connecting Mukundpur with Shiv Vihar in the third phase, is scheduled to kick start in June.
“DMRC has sought very few diversions for construction works on the Ring Road which will actually affect only about 5% to 7% of traffic. We are sure people will not have to brace for major traffic jams or congestion during the construction period,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
Traffic police said during construction works, diversions would be imposed at Moti Bag flyover, Maya Puri Flyover, Peera Garhi and Wazirpur.
What has eased the traffic police’s tension is that, according to the diversion plan, places like Dhaula Kuan, Barar Square, Punjabi Bagh Flyover – the most congestion prone points on the Ring Road – will not be affected at all due to the construction work.
“We have hired a private company (TPA Engineers Consultancy Pvt Ltd) to conduct a survey on the Ring Road. This is to ensure minimum obstructions to the flow of traffic on the Capital’s busy arterial road during construction of the 37km long Mukundpur-Shiv Vihar corridor,” said Anuj Dayal, chief spokesperson of DMRC.
Important areas of the Ring Road where construction works will take place include Azadpur, Shalimar Bagh, Netaji Subhash Place, Shakarpur, Punjabi Bagh West, ESI Hospital, Rajouri Garden, Mayapuri, Naraina Vihar, Delhi Cantt., Dhaula Kuan, Moti Bagh, Bhikaji Cama Place, Sarojini Nagar, INA, South Extension, Lajpat Nagar, Srinivaspuri, Ashram and Hazrat Nizamuddin.
Of these places, Azadpur, Naraina Vihar, Bhikaji Cama Place, Sarojini Nagar, INA, South Extension, Lajpat Nagar, Srinivaspuri, Ashram and Hazrat Nizamuddin would be underground.
Delhi Metro has divided the construction work on the Ring Road in four parts and have invited separate tenders for these.
Bhikaji Cama Place to South Extension, including Moti Bagh ramp, will be awarded to one construction company whereas Lajpat Nagar to Hazrat Nizamuddin, including Hazrat Nizamuddin ramp, will be awarded to another company for which tendering procedure is in progress.
Similarly, tenders have already been floated for construction of viaduct, ramp and elevated stations from Shakurpur to Naraina Vihar, while tender has been awarded from the Bhikaji Cama Place to Delhi Cantt stretch.