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Skywalk and foot overbridge at ITO among five projects approved worth Rs 650 crore

The ITO project has been mooted for being one of the busiest crossings in Delhi

Vandana Ramnani @vandanaramnani1

To reduce congestion at Delhi’s busiest ‘W’ Point in ITO, the foundation stone for a skywalk and a foot overbridge was laid by union minister of state for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and MP in the Lok Sabha from New Delhi constituency Meenakshi Lekhi on Thursday. This is among the first of four projects worth around Rs 650 crore.

“This is the first project for which we have laid the foundation today. We are hoping we will release the other four one by one and our elected representatives will support us…when I came on board on September 4 and reviewed projects pending for years, we decided that Delhi’s decongestion should be our priority and this project is expected to be completed by March 31, 2018,” said Puri.

The ITO project has been mooted for being one of the busiest crossings in Delhi. It is an intersection point, with a metro station, the Tilak Bridge railway station and seven major arterial roads. As many as 29,000 pedestrians cross various roads around ITO crossing and W Point.

“Six years of my life have been spent navigating this crossing – five years as a student of Delhi University and one year as a professor at DU. The traffic has only been increasing,” he said.

The other four projects include construction of flyovers, underpasses etc are coming up at Mahipalpur, Narela, ISBT Kashmiri Gate and Rani Jhansi Road.

The entire cost of Rs 54.34 crore of the project is being funded through Urban Development Fund  (Rs 43.47 crore) and by  DDA (Rs 10.87 crore). The project is expected to be completed by March 2018.

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This project will benefit the public at large who visit these offices along with the employees working in over 25 major offices located in the ITO area i.e. Police HQ, PWD HQ, Institute of Engineers, ICAI, Income Tax office, Central Excise, DDA, School of Planning and Architecture, GST office, Supreme Court, Pragati Maidan, ASI, College of Art and Lady Irwin College etc. A new complex for the Supreme Court is also coming up near the Pragati Maidan Metro Station which will further increase the volume of pedestrian traffic.

“Considering the importance and the high visibility of any skywalk in the area, the design of the skywalk should be unique, highly functional, aesthetic and should be recognised as one of the landmarks of Delhi,” he said.

“Having gone through the walkthrough and presentations, I am sure that upon completion of the project, not only the pedestrians will be provided with safe passage but the entire area will have a different look, which is definitely going to be a landmark in Delhi,” he said.

Besides, “we have recently sanctioned a solid waste management project for the three MCDs under which a total of Rs 300 crore will be spent where each MCD will get Rs 80 crore for implementation of the project through Urban Development Fund and the rest of the contribution from the government of India. All these projects when completed will definitely go a long way into improving the facilities and quality of life of the people of Delhi.  We are also committed to fund similar projects in the future too,” he added.

Vandana.ramnani@nw18.com
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