In another attempt to clear the traffic congestion along Rao Tula Ram (RTR) flyover, the Public Works Department is looking at a conceptual plan to extend the Munirka flyover up to RTR flyover. The plan proposes a parallel three-lane flyover next to RTR flyover.
At present, the three-lane RTR flyover has two-way traffic movement, which results in congestion. With the new flyover taking load of one direction of traffic movement, the existing RTR flyover can have traffic going in the other direction.
“This plan was considered by PWD and discussed with RITES, which is making detailed plans for the suggestions made to decongest RTR flyover. According to the conceptual plan, the existing Munirka flyover will be extended till RTR flyover, and another flyover on portals will be constructed along the existing RTR flyover,’’ a senior PWD official said.
A portal structure will ensure that traffic continues to move at ground level also.
“It will be a three-lane flyover and traffic will move at grade (ground) level also. Two lanes will be available on the road for traffic movement on either side of the flyover,’’ the official said.
According to PWD, a formal proposal is being drawn up to be sent to Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (planning and engineering) Centre for approval. “Other suggestions will also be considered, but this seems to be the most viable option,’’ an official said.
PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan said RITES is compiling a detailed study on RTR flyover.
“RITES will submit its report soon. It will be presented to the Chief Minister, before a final approval from us. The Chief Minister has said the decongestion plan needs keep in mind the increase in traffic 20 to 30 years from now,’’ Chauhan said.
The Vasant Vihar residents are in favour of the solutions proposed by PWD, but the residents along the RTR flyover have opposed the reduction in size of the service lane.
“We are in favour of the long-term solutions, but want a timeline for implementation of the plan. Extension of the Munrika flyover is required to allow traffic flow from Poorvi Marg,’’ Dr Gautam Vohra, president of Vasant Vihar RWA, said.
Original Plan & Problems
Rao Tula Ram flyover, part of Commonwealth Games projects, was inaugurated in October 2009
Initially, planned as two-way flyover, it was reduced to three-lane and one way
All protests against the project were ignored to meet the CWG deadline
One-way flyover was opened for traffic from IGI Airport to IIT
After complaints of bottleneck on the road below, the traffic flow was reversed to IIT towards IGI Airport
Change in traffic flow led to bottleneck outside Army Research and Referral Hospital
Finally, the three-lane flyover was divided to make it two-way
Hunt For Solution
Public Works Department hired RITES to study the 7-km corridor on the Outer Ring Road, from IIT to NH-8 junction
RITES recommended that RTR flyover be made six-lane and two-way
Agency also suggested it could be extended to better utilise roads such as Nelson Mandela Marg
PWD proposed a new link, bypassing Mehrauli to Mahipalpur Road, to NH-8
This was to be an alternative route to Delhi airport
Vasant Vihar residents are in favour of the solutions proposed by PWD
Residents along the RTR flyover oppose the reduction of the service lane
RITES chalking out detailed plan on long-term suggestions