Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Decongesting Paharganj..!!

In a bid to decongest Paharganj area before Commonwealth Games, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has started work on realigning the Deshbandhu Gupta flyover that starts from Ajmeri Gate and ends at Paharganj.

According to MCD officials, the flyover was being revamped for the first time since it was built in the late 1940s.

The flyover was earlier descending towards the Paharganj market opposite Shiela Cinema and the service lane in front of Shiela Cinema was the only access route for traffic coming from both sides. However, by realigning the flyover, the MCD plans to create a service lane in front of the Paharganj market.

"Paharganj is going to be an important tourist destination during the Games as it has a large concentration of hotels and guesthouses. It also serves as an important feeder to the east-west corridor. The area sees massive traffic jams daily as the only entry and exit point is a narrow lane running in front of Shiela Cinema. To make traffic one-way in Paharganj, we are creating a service lane opposite to Shiela Cinema. This will be done by realigning the flyover" said an MCD official.

As part of the project, MCD is going to break down the embankment in the Paharganj market. Shops have been partially demolished along DB Gupta Marg. Once the mud is excavated from the embankment area, space will be created for expansion of the service lane.

‘‘A retaining wall has also been created on the Shiela Cinema side to extend the flyover on that side and to support a main water pipeline. Once this project is over, traffic coming from Jhandewalan will take the service lane in front of Shiela Cinema to move towards CP and traffic coming from the New Delhi railway station will move towards Jhandewalan using the service lane in front of the Paharganj market. Those coming from or going towards Ajmeri Gate can use the flyover. This traffic circulation plan will make the entire area signal free,’’ added the MCD official.

The project is expected to be completed by June 30.


Anonymous said...

Poor planning by ineffecient MCD Staff. This plan has converted the entire area into a war-zone, this project is expected to be completed by next year. 3-14 Oct,2011.

Anonymous said...

Avoid Paharganj under any circumstances as it still looks like a war-zone few days before the grand opening of the CWG.

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