After years of delay, the proposal to construct an underpass at Ashram has been revived. The new proposal aims to decongest the area and provide direct access to traffic moving from Bhogal and surrounding areas towards Faridabad. The Public Works Department (PWD) has invited bids to hire a consultant to carry out a feasibility study for construction of the underpass near Ashram crossing.
Confirming this, PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan said: “We are carrying out feasibility studies for several infrastructure projects, which we want to take up all over Delhi. This includes the plan to construct an underpass at Ashram crossing.’’ This proposal is part of PWD’s corridor improvement of Mathura Road from Ashram Chowk to Hotel Rajdoot and improvement of Ring Road from Ashram flyover to DND flyover.
“This underpass will provide much-needed relief from snarls at the Ashram crossing. It will also provide a direct access to traffic moving from areas such as Nizamuddin and Bhogal towards Faridabad,’’ a PWD official said.
Several plans had been proposed to decongest Ashram crossing but none of them have been implemented till date. National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and PWD had both floated tenders separately to engage a consultant for preparing the decongestion plan in 2009. But the latter scrapped the tender saying it would only be a duplication of what NHAI was doing. However, sources in NHAI have now confirmed that they were no longer pursuing this project and it would be looked into by PWD.
The Ashram Chowk intersection provides connectivity between Mathura Road, NH2 and Ring Road (connecting Lajpat Nagar-Sarai Kale Khan and DND flyover). It happens to be one of the busiest intersections in Delhi. The flyover on the Ring Road at the Ashram crossing gets choked during peak hours on all weekdays,’’ the PWD official said.
In order to ensure smooth traffic movement between Delhi and Faridabad, PWD is also looking at reviving the Kalindi Kunj bypass project. Construction on the 6.5 km bypass from Kalindi Kunj Colony Ring Road to Kalindi Kunj Road was awarded in March 2003 at a cost of Rs 63.41 crore.
The project was to start on May 15, 2003, and completed by May 14, 2005. However, the UP government refused to part with land. “The land issues will no longer be a problem for implementing the project as we are planning a realignment of the bypass. This will be done by a consultant,’’ the official said.