Officials said that more than 95% of the civil work is complete.
“We have started blacktopping of the flyover. Most of the civil and electrical work is complete and it is just the miscellaneous work that is left. We are confident of opening it soon to the public,” a PWD official said.
In August, PWD minister Atishi had given an ultimatum to officials to complete the work by September. The construction of the flyover will allow smooth traffic flow on Ring Road, benefiting hundreds of thousands of commuters who drive from ITO to Ashram daily.
Construction of the flyover was started around July last year, with a deadline of one year, but there was a delay. Officials said as soon as the blacktopping is done, they will send a proposal for opening the flyover.
Soon the traffic load at Sarai Kale Khan will increase due to the construction of the Rapid Rail Transit System. The area already has a railway station, metro station and an ISBT. Sarai Kale Khan will develop as a critical transport hub, thus officials must ensure that flyover construction is completed as quickly as possible.
This 643-metre, three-lane flyover being built from ITO to Ashram will create a signal-free corridor on Ring Road, saving time and reducing fuel consumption for commuters.
Currently, there is an existing flyover for traffic from Ashram to ITO, but the opposite direction, from ITO to Ashram, cars have to stop at a traffic signal at this T-Junction, causing congestion. After the completion of this flyover, commuters won’t face the jam.
The project envisages giving an easy route to people travelling from Noida and Ghaziabad.
The flyover will come up alongside the existing one, which provides connectivity from Ashram to ITO. In June last year, the project got the approval of the Delhi Urban Arts Commission and UTTIPEC and the tender work was awarded.
At the diverging point on the Ring Road which gives way towards the Barapullah elevated corridor, there is already a traffic slowdown due to construction of a pillar of the rapid rail.
According to the government, the flyover construction will reduce 5 tonnes of CO2 emissions daily, and Rs 19 crore will be saved annually.