South Delhi-airport travel to take less time, courtesy flyovers, underpass
The CPWD has started work on building two flyovers and a 700m long underpass in Mahipalpur area, aimed at reducing travel time between South-Delhi and the Delhi airport by 20 minutes. Construction began last month and till now, 5%-7% work has been completed, said a CPWD official. March-2019 is the deadline for this pivotal project, which will also make the Vasant Kunj-airport route signal-free.
While the underpass will be near Mahipalpur flyover, the bridges will be near Aerocity and Vasant Kunj-Mahipalpur intersection. Both flyovers will have single carriageway while the roads beneath will be used for traffic in opposite direction. Once completed, it'll take a major load off the existing stretches of RTR flyover and the NH48 from Dhaula Kuan, which sees around 1.8-2 lakh passenger car units.
"Its (the two bridges and the underpass) significance will increase as the airport is enhancing capacity to 80 million passengers yearly by 2021. So such an arrangement is necessary for smooth traffic flow," said S Velmurugan, scientist, traffic engineering and safety division, CRRI.
The area near Hanuman temple has already been cordoned off as construction is on in full swing. People traveling on the Gurgaon-Vasant Kunj route would also be benefited as a loop merging with Vasant Kunj-bound underpass would be provided. The airport will get two more approach roads, one from South-Delhi and another from Dwarka, being built by NHAI at a cost of Rs. 1,350cr.