New Delhi: The visitors chaos round Ashram Chowk and the Maharani Bagh space, one of many busiest elements of the Ring Highway in Delhi, will proceed for at the very least two extra months with the work on the extension of the Ashram flyover as much as Delhi-Noida Direct (DND) Flyway set to overlook its September deadline, officers conscious of the matter mentioned. The Public Works Division, which is executing the mission, has now fastened November as the brand new deadline.
The mission is a six-lane, 1.42-km-long flyover that’s being prolonged from the prevailing Ashram overpass to DND, with ramps for visitors from Sarai Kale Khan. As soon as the mission is full, it’s anticipated to assist make the 9-km stretch from Moolchand flyover until Noida’s Rajnigandha Chowk signal-free. However a collection of missed deadlines have ensured that the intersection has develop into a visitors nightmare.
The realm serves two heavy visitors streams – these travelling between the town’s south and the east (and adjoining Noida), in addition to these commuting on the Mathura Highway between central Delhi and the outskirts of the town in the direction of Faridabad.
The Ashram intersection, the place the 2 streams meet, is utilized by 350,000 autos a day, in keeping with some estimates.
The flyover extension is the second of a two-phase decongestion mission: The primary being an underpass on the predominant intersection that opened in April after lacking at the very least seven deadlines. However visitors jams proceed round Ashram Chowk for the reason that flyover works are resulting in lengthy visitors tailbacks.
An official related to the mission mentioned that about 77% of the civil work for the flyover development has been accomplished. He added that earlier, the mission was anticipated to be over by September however the tempo slowed because of heavy visitors, which has made on-site storage of supplies tough.
“All 29 pillars and 20 of the 27 pier caps are in place. We’re putting RCC (bolstered cement concrete) deck slabs and metal girders on high of those constructions,” the official mentioned. On account of excessive visitors quantity, the PWD is discovering it tough to retailer streel girders and development gear, this individual added.
S Velmurugan, chief scientist, visitors engineering and security division, Central Highway Analysis Institute, mentioned the state of affairs at Ashram intersection will solely enhance when the flyover extension is accomplished, however added that the present standing of the mission doesn’t encourage any confidence about its well timed completion.
“There may be full neglect for pedestrians’ security as there isn’t any correct website administration. Businesses are least involved as girders and development materials are saved alongside the highway. As soon as the mission is full will probably be a giant boon for folks shifting between Noida and Delhi and those who use Delhi Meerut expressway to achieve south Delhi,” he mentioned.
Velmurugan added that ideally the DND flyover ought to have been linked to Ashram flyover in 2001, when DND was opened.
Commuters mentioned the work is making the visitors worse. “The development tempo is so gradual that it could not even be accomplished by December,” mentioned Dinkar Mangleek, who makes use of the stretch.
Munassir Khan, one other commuter, mentioned autos coming from Sarai Kale Khan in the direction of Ashram additionally get caught for hours close to Maharani Bagh and added that extra visitors police personnel ought to be deployed.
The proposal for extension of the flyover was authorized by the Delhi cupboard in November 2019 and its basis stone was laid by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in December 2019 however work couldn’t begin because of coronavirus lockdown. The work was awarded in June 2020.