PM Narendra Modi inaugurates the Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor project built at a cost of more than Rs 920 crores. The project aims to provide hassle-free and smooth access to the exhibition and convention center being developed at Pragati Maidan.
According to the government, the impact of the project will be much beyond Pragati Maidan as it will ensure hassle-free vehicular movement, helping save time and cost for commuters in a big way. It is part of the overarching vision of the government to ensure ease of living for people through transforming urban infrastructure.
“The main tunnel of the corridor connects Ring Road with India Gate via Purana Qila Road, passing through Pragati Maidan. The six-lane divided Tunnel has multiple purposes, including access to the huge basement parking of Pragati Maidan,” the government said in a statement.
Why was this corridor required?
Advocate Bibhuti Bhushan Mishra, a daily commuter on this stretch, dubbed the traffic here as never-ending.
He said, “It appeared that the construction work being carried out at Pragati Maidan would take thousands of years to complete. The traffic on the road appeared never-ending and would pose a serious challenge, on a daily basis, for advocates like us to reach for the court hearings on time. However, now that the project has reached completion, I hope this crisis will be over.”
As per a report submitted to the Delhi government’s PWD department, there were frequent bottlenecks on Ring Road, Mathura Road and Bhairon Marg.
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The intersections and fast development in adjoining centers such as Ghaziabad, Noida, NCR region increased the vehicular trips on these three roads. The traffic load further increased due to the Delhi-Mathura Expressway.
The traffic on the surrounding road networks of India gate and the ITPO Pragati Maidan area is expected to witness further surges due to the fast development of residential townships in Noida and Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and in East Delhi.
Importantly, as per one of the reports shared with the PWD department, the majority of traffic coming from the East side of the River Yamuna and passing through Bhairon Marg and its surrounding road networks are for Gurgaon or Central Delhi. Hence, this passable traffic was responsible for a large share of the congestion. It means construction of this six-lane corridor, the traffic congestion on the road will reduce.
As per experts, the corridor will ease traffic on these road networks for at least a period of ten years. This would mean savings of productive time, less vehicular emissions and less expense on fuel. It is going to give a sigh of relief to the Pragati Maidan visitors as well as the ITO commuters.