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Baijal reviews progress of Rani Jhansi flyover project

| | New Delhi | in Sunday Pioneer

Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal on Saturday inspected progress of under construction work of Grade Separator at Rani Jhansi road, an ambitious flyover project in North Delhi and directed officials to focus on the possibility of multi level stack parking near the flyover to resolve the perennial need of adequate parking spaces and to also ensure that areas which have been recovered from encroachment are not re-encroached at any cost.

He chaired an onsite meeting with all stakeholders at DCM Chowk and assessed the present progress and status of the work at the project site office at DCM Chowk. North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NMC) Commissioner apprised that issues which were hindering the project have been resolved.

The Governor also instructed NMC Commissioner to undertake the landscaping and beautification of the space under flyovers simultaneously.

He also stressed that the drainage system and lighting work of the flyover should also be expedited and ensured, so as to complete the entire work in a time-bound manner.

The 1.6 km long flyover from near St Stephens Hospital to Filmistaan Cinema, was started eight years ago with an aims to ease traffic in Old Delhi but the project has been not only delayed but also the total cost has gone up manifold. The long delay has escalated the cost of Rs177 crore to an estimated Rs724.22 crore.

The original deadline for the completion of the grade separator was before the 2010 Commonwealth Games, but that was not met. And after another seven years, the story remained the same.

The project was first proposed in 1998 and after that, it had missed several deadlines. However, the corporation official said that the flyover would be completed by October 2017 as all the problems responsible for the delay has been worked out. “The work was delayed mainly due to delay in land acquisition and exchange of land with Railways,” a senior Corporation official said.

“The decision to demolish and relocate five religious structures that fall in the way of the flyover has paved the way to speed up the completion,” the official said.

CEO Delhi Jal Board informed the LG that the work of shifting of major pipelines and sewer pipelines has been completed. During the visit, Governor also observed that a number of old and unused vehicles parked around the site. He directed North MCD officials and Delhi Police to remove all the unauthorised parked vehicles from the site at the earliest. He further instructed that it should be ensured that no garbage thrown at the site.

All the concerned agencies were further instructed to put their best foot forward in this final phase of construction works.

This was the fourth visit by the L-G. He was accompanied by Raajiv Yaduvanshi, Principal Secretary (Urban Development), North Delhi Municipal Commissioner P k Gupta, Keshav Chandra CEO (DJB), and concerned officers from other agencies.

The railway’s officials assured that railway works will be completed by October in all respects. Commissioner of North DMC informed L-G that the work is in full flow and will be completed by November 30 this year and there shall be no further revision of this deadline.




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