DDA to take a bird’s eye view of encroachment

Nov 29 2012, 10:28 IST
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SummaryOfficials plan aerial survey to finalise alignment of three Urban Extension Roads.

Officials plan aerial survey to finalise alignment of three Urban Extension Roads.

An aerial survey will be conducted to find a solution to the problem of encroachment along the proposed route for the three new urban extension roads (UER). These roads are being constructed by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

The UERs are meant to decongest Delhi’s arterial roads. The problem of encroachment is mostly on UER-II, the longest road of the three, and will connect Wazirabad bypass to NH-I, NH-10, NH-8 and NH-2. This is a first-of-its-kind survey, DDA officials said.

“The L-G’s office has sanctioned the survey to come up with a solution to the dwelling units and other buildings coming in the way of constructing UER-II. The alignment of the road has been changed thrice because the ground survey did not take into consideration all these aspects. The cost of the survey is about Rs 2 lakh,’’ officer on special duty to L-G, Ranjan Mukherjee, said.

According to the L-G’s office, an helicopter will be hired from Pawan Hans and DDA planners and engineers will take to the air to get an aerial view of the stretch.

This will give them a better understanding of the topography and help come up with a final alignment for the road. According to DDA officials, while work has begun on UER-II, encroachment continues to be a problem.

The UERs will serve as a bypass for the integrated development of Delhi, DDA officials said. While these projects were conceptualised several years ago, work could not be started due to problems related to removal of encroachments and land acquisition.

“The construction of these roads are necessary to decongest Delhi as the present road length cannot take the increased traffic load in the city,’’ a DDA official said.

The land agency said work had begun on UER-I and III as well. “We have started work on stretches along UER-I and -III, where there is no encroachment,’’ the official said.

The first UER will connect Wazirabad bypass to NH-I, NH-10 and NH-8 while UER-III will help provide connectivity from Wazirabad bypass to NH-I and NH-10. The DDA hopes to complete work of these three roads by 2015.

“These roads will not only improve connectivity but will also take the traffic load off Delhi’s arterial roads. The UERs will serve as direct links from Mahipalpur to areas such as Rohini, Rohtak Road and Narela. Once these roads are constructed, motorists travelling from Gurgaon or Dwarka will be able to go directly towards Rohini,” the official said.

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