Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia inaugurated the Ashram’s much-delayed underpass on Sunday and said the structure was expected to help reduce 6.2 tons of carbon dioxide emissions and 3,600 kg of carbon dioxide, in addition to reducing fuel consumption by 1,550 liters per day. The underpass will cross Bhogal and New Friends Colony.
“Now the journey between Delhi-NCR, Faridabad, Badarpur will be smooth and the people of Jangpura and Kalkaji will benefit a lot. The 450-meter underpass will also help commuters save fuel and time,” Sisodia said.
The head of AAP, who also holds the public works portfolio, said: ‘Engineers told me commuters were wasting 1,550 liters of petrol a day just by waiting at red lights and due to traffic jams. The long traffic jams and traffic jams also produce 6.2 tons of carbon dioxide in the form of automobile pollution which impacts the health of local residents. Now, with the opening of the underpass, residents will benefit a lot and save money, time and energy.
The underpass, constructed at a cost of Rs 76 crore, will facilitate travel between Central Delhi, ITO, India Gate, Faridabad and Badarpur. The underpass section sees around 2.5 lakh to 3 lakh vehicles during peak hours. Construction work began in 2019 and was expected to be completed by the end of December 2020, but the project was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and various other reasons.
“I visited this underpass to review and inspect the work two months ago. I saw that only the final finishing works remained, such as the roofing and painting. So I asked engineers to open the underpass for commuters during the day and complete the remaining work overnight. In view of the issues faced by commuters, the public and engineers informally opened the underpass on March 22” , said Sisodia.
“We are officially opening this today to meet the residents and see their happy faces,” he added.
Sisodia also praised the engineers and other staff behind the project. “The project ran into several obstacles – Covid, labor shortages, a ban on construction activities, etc., but despite all this, the engineers completed the work amid heavy traffic jams. The government of Kejriwal strives to beautify all stretches of the city like this so that everyone who travels will be proud.
He further added that works on the Pragati Maidan Tunneling and Corridor Development Project are also nearing completion and will be inaugurated soon. As part of this project, a 1.2 km tunnel and six underpasses are being constructed on Mathura Road.