The work for phase III (Sarai Kale Khan to Mayur Vihar-I) of the Barapullah corridor is yet to finish, the Public Works Department (PWD) has drawn up plans for phase IV a 7km elevated extension of the flyway to the west, from INA market to the Army Hospital in Delhi Cantonment on NH 8.
Officials said the approximate budget for this project would be around Rs 300 crore and it would take over a year to complete after commencement. They expect the project to be completed by 2021. The extended Barapullah flyway will slash commute time from east Delhi to the airport by more than half from 90 minutes or more to just 40 minutes during peak office hours. The new stretch could have foot over-bridges for pedestrians and at least four entry/exit points to make the corridor more accessible for commuters.
Officials said phase IV of the project will make it easy for people to visit popular markets such as INA, Dilli Haat and Sarojini Nagar and also make way for patients coming to hospitals such as AIIMS and Safdarjung. As a part of the feasibility test that is going on, the route of the 7km stretch has been finalised. The elevated corridor will end at the airport approach road so that congestion at Dhaula Kuan can be avoided.
The corridor will reduce traffic pile-ups over a large part of central Delhi as Barapullah will act as a link between NH 24 in the east and NH 8 in the western part of the city. On the other hand, the Barapullah phase III project Mayur Vihar-1 to Sarai Kale Khan has been delayed by several months. Work in this phase is stuck because the PWD needs to acquire almost nine acres on the eco-sensitive Yamuna floodplain to build pillars.
After the completion of phase III, the bridge will decongest Sardar Patel Marg, the Ridge area, Chanakyapuri, Lodhi Road and Teen Murti Marg. The elevated road is one of Delhi’s major projects with phase I coming up during the Commonwealth Games when the link from Sarai Kale Khan to Nehru Stadium was opened.