After a prolonged, frustrating wait of three years and daily struggle with traffic congestion, residents of Palam Vihar and New Palam Vihar will be able to breathe a sigh of relief as the Bajghera flyover is expected to be opened ahead of its January 30 deadline.
Officials of the Public Works Department (PWD) said the construction is complete and by Monday, the flyover will be usable.
On Tuesday, Indian Railways finished their part of the work and informed the PWD that the flyover is ready to be opened for traffic movement. “Yesterday, our men completed the bitumen work on the flyover. After taking stock of everything, we informed the PWD and the state government that we have finished our work and the flyover is ready to be opened for public work,” SB Mallik, deputy chief engineer, Northern Railway, told TOI.
After missing three deadlines, the construction work on the central portion of the flyover gathered steam in October and officials were hopeful that the flyover would be opened by November last year. However, the over the ban on construction activities, that was in place for over a month, delayed the project further and the work resumed in the first week of December. Thereafter, a new deadline of January 30 was set to finish the project.
While residents thought the officials will the miss this deadline too, it came as a welcome surprise that department completed their work two weeks ahead of the revised deadline.
Currently, the department is carrying out touch-up work and cleaning. “Railways have completed their work and we received the communication on the same. Now, some touch-up work and final testing is remaining. This should not take more than couple of days. While our target is to open the flyover by Saturday, by Monday it would be for surely be opened for the public,” noted a PWD official.
In 2016, then PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh announced this ambitious project to decongest the Bajghera road that sees heavy traffic flow since it links the city with Delhi via New Palam Vihar and Bijwasan. The structure was supposed to be inaugurated by December 2018. While the PWD was supposed to focus on the approach roads to the flyover, the Railways was tasked with the construction of the central portion of the flyover.
For three years, the project has been a pipe dream. Aimed at reducing congestion and making commuting smooth, the traffic diversions while setting it up caused regular traffic jams. Although the residents finally have a reason to cheer, they have some concerns. Residents believe that with increased footfall, the stretch will become unsafe and waterlogged. They have suggested the administration takes up the work of installing CCTV cameras and fixing the stormwater drains along the road to ensure these problems can be solved.
Source : TOI