One of the most critical infrastructure projects in the national capital — the 2.7km-long flyover that will run parallel to existing Rao Tula Ram (RTR) overpass connecting south Delhi and the airport — is set to open on 5th June 2019. This is an attempt to provide relief to two lakh commuters. Earlier the deadline was May end. Work on the Rao Tularam flyover in south Delhi should have finished almost 2 years ago. The three-lane flyover was budgeted for Rs 278 crore. It starts near Munirka petrol pump and which slopes down around 400 metres from R&R Army Hospital.
It is to be observed that the construction of the flyover began in November 2014. Originally, the completion was scheduled for 2016. Only 5 percent was completed in that year. A single-carriageway flyover constructed there earlier had only aggravated traffic flow, so this new elevated portion was being built to ease the drive towards Gurgaon Office goers from south Delhi. The flyover is likely to ease the drive to Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport from south Delhi. The project, which began in November 2014, was scheduled to be completed in two years’ time. The commuters’ woes have increased during these two years of delay. Since there are no service lanes on the stretch, traffic congestion is so that it cannot get diverted, and this leads to constant jams and interminable halts.
Sources from Public Works Department (PWD), just 5 per cent of the work needed to be finished. Over two lakh commuters are expected to benefit every day from this flyover.
Many technical, financial and environmental factors contributed to the delay of the flyover construction. One of the major problem was the permission for tree felling which finally came in September 2016 and the work started in earnest.
They needed to chop down 500 trees for building the flyover, among the highest number felled for any project in Delhi. That is why getting permission for their chopping took such a very long time.
Worth mentioning here is that the work of putting up the 77 U-shaped pillars on the 2.9 km stretch was completed only by mid-September 2018. An official told that there were no service lanes on the stretch and this brought additional traffic to the road.