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Exciting Update: Sarai Kale Khan's Second Flyover Soars into August!

NEW DELHI: The eagerly anticipated completion of the second flyover at Sarai Kale Khan has been postponed until August, as announced by the Public Works Department (PWD). Originally scheduled for opening in July, the construction deadline has been extended, prolonging the wait for commuters and residents eagerly awaiting the benefits of the new infrastructure.

The construction of the second flyover is aimed at alleviating congestion on the Ring Road near the bus terminal at Sarai Kale Khan. Spanning a length of 643 meters and featuring three lanes, this new flyover holds the promise of significantly improving the commuting experience for the countless individuals traversing the bustling Ring Road. The project obtained the necessary approvals from the Delhi Urban Arts Commission and UTTIPEC back in June of the previous year.

A PWD official stated on Friday, "Considering the current progress of construction, traffic conditions, and the impact of rainfall, it seems likely that the project will only be completed by August." Progress thus far indicates that over 70% of the work has been successfully executed. The project aims to provide a smoother route for commuters traveling from Noida, Ghaziabad, and the ITO areas towards the Ashram flyover and destinations further south.

The PWD emphasizes that the new flyover will also play a crucial role in alleviating congestion around Sarai Kale Khan ISBT and the T-junction, which is set to accommodate a Rapid Rail Transit System station in close proximity to the existing Nizamuddin railway station. Additionally, the elevated road is expected to relieve the strain on the Ring Road caused by the convergence of the Delhi-Meerut expressway at the T-junction. Currently, vehicles traveling from Mayur Vihar and Noida via the expressway merge at the Sarai Kale Khan bus stand to access the existing flyover towards ITO or reach Ashram.

At the point where the road diverges to make way for the Barapullah elevated corridor, a traffic bottleneck has already formed due to the construction of a pillar for the RRTS. PWD officials have revealed plans to integrate the new flyover with another ongoing flyover project adjacent to the expressway.

In April, PWD minister Atishi conducted an inspection of the under-construction flyover alongside department officials. She urged them to expedite the work to ensure swift completion and subsequent utilization. At the time, she expressed, "The new flyover will establish a signal-free corridor at the Sarai Kale Khan T-junction on the Ring Road, saving time and reducing fuel consumption. The three-lane flyover is slated to be ready by July, bringing relief to the multitude of commuters between ITO and Ashram."

The Delhi government projects that the construction of the flyover will result in a daily reduction of five tonnes of CO2 emissions, amounting to an annual savings of approximately Rs 19 crore. The cost of the project is expected to be recouped within two and a half years, making it a financially viable and environmentally sustainable endeavor.

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