The Municipal Company of Delhi (MCD) on Tuesday opened the third viaduct of the Kishanganj railway underpass—one of the crucial delayed infrastructure initiatives within the nationwide capital—which is anticipated to enhance connectivity between Previous Delhi and West Delhi.
Three many years after it was conceived and 14 years after the development work began, the challenge is now three-fourths full, in keeping with officers. The general challenge contains 4 underpass viaducts which had been to be constructed at a price of ₹74 crore. The primary viaduct was opened for site visitors in December 2018, 10 years after development started, the second viaduct was opened 43 months later in July 2022, whereas the third one was inaugurated on October 4, 2022 by particular officer Ashwini Kumar and commissioner Gyanesh Bharti.
Former north MCD mayor Jaiprakash, who attended the inaugural ceremony, mentioned that the opening of the third viaduct will assist facilitate two-way motion from Shastri Nagar to ISBT. Particular officer Kumar mentioned after the completion of an RCC roadon the fourth viaduct, the underpass will assist ease vehicular motion.
Just like the Rani Jhansi flyover close to St Stephen’s Hospital, which took nearly 10 years to construct and was opened in 2018, the Kishanganj challenge too has witnessed a number of delays and adjustments. The preliminary administrative approval for the development of the underpass was granted by the erstwhile unified MCD in November 1992, and the ultimate clearance got here in 1998. However the development work was began solely on June 20, 2008. At the moment, the civic physique had mentioned the construction will probably be opened to site visitors earlier than the 2010 Commonwealth Video games however even a decade later, solely three of the 4 sections have been opened to site visitors.
In response to officers, MCD has spent ₹74 crore to assemble the Kishanganj railway underbridge (RUB ) to date, of which ₹57 crore has been supplied to the railways for the development of the 4 viaducts, whereas remainder of the quantity has been utilised for the event of strategy rods, retaining partitions, sump wells, relocation of underground public utilities and related work. Commissioner Bharti mentioned that the development work of the RCC street on the fourth viaduct is constant at a quick tempo and the final viaduct will probably be devoted to residents quickly.
The underbridge is anticipated to ease vehicular motion from New Delhi Railway Station in the direction of Inderlok whereas additionally benefitting areas akin to Gulabi Bagh, Sadar Bazar, Previous Rohtak Street. As soon as your complete challenge is full, commuters travelling from areas akin to Rohini, Shalimar Bagh, and Pitampura will be capable to take the underpass as an alternative of the Outer Ring Street (GT Karnal intersection) route to succeed in ISBT, and central and east Delhi.
The ultimate part and restore necessities
In response to officers, the fourth viaduct of the underpass is unlikely to be opened any time quickly. A senior MCD official related to the challenge mentioned that the fourth viaduct of the challenge will take loads of time because of a number of authorized hurdles. “There are some homes positioned on the ramps alongside the fourth viaduct. The homeowners have taken the matter to courtroom. Except the courtroom case is resolved, we will be unable to go forward with the ultimate part of the challenge. In the meantime, the false roof in addition to street floor of the primary viaduct is now badly broken. We should shut it down for restore. We have now approached railways to hold out the restore work,” the official mentioned.
Responding to queries in regards to the delays within the challenge, one other official mentioned the MCD confronted a number of challenges, primarily associated to shifting of retailers, spiritual constructions and utilities. “We needed to relocate numerous retailers to completely different areas,” the second official mentioned.
A number of of the town’s railway overbridge/underbridge initiatives being undertaken by MCD in locations akin to Kirari, Ghevra, Sultanpuri, Narela and Mandi are dealing with related delays and price overruns. For instance, 180MT metal bars that had been for use for the Sultanpuri ROB/RUB railway overbridge/underbridge challenge needed to be auctioned off after the challenge confronted a number of delays and the contractor deserted the challenge.