Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday inaugurated a three-lane underpass at Parade Road junction near Manekshaw Centre on NH 8 in New Delhi.
With opening of this underpass, movement of traffic from Airport to Dhaula Kuan would become signal free. The underpass was completed in a record time of 112 days and is part of NHAI’s project for development of a signal free corridor from Dhaula Kuan interchange to IGI Airport.
National Highway No.8 (New NH-48) is the prime link providing connectivity to IGI Airport from Delhi and NCR. The frequent traffic jams in the corridor result in travel time of 10-30 minutes in crossing the3 kms stretch between Dhaula Kuan interchange and the Airport.
To tackle this problem, NHAI has taken up the development of a signal free corridor from Dhaula Kuan interchange to Airport at an estimated cost of Rs.270 crore. The project includes widening of Dhaula Kuan – IGI corridor from 6-lanes to 8-lanes a three-lane flyover from Janakpuri road to merge with NH-8, the three-lane vehicular underpass at Parade Road junction that was inaugurated today, 3 PUPs, 2 VUPs and an FOB for pedestrians. The work on the project commenced in March 2018 and is now 75 % complete.
The project has huge challenges in terms of traffic management of about 3 lakhs PCUs per day, presence of a large number of civil and defence utilities, shifting of defence infrastructure and getting security clearances. The work plan for the project was prioritized with the objective of providing early relief to the commuters.
This project would be in addition to the nine other projects being implemented for decongesting NCR Delhi.