Delhi: NHAI plans tunnel from Shiv Murti to Vasant Kunj | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is preparing a plan to build a 4km tunnel from Shiv Murti to Nelson Mandela Marg in New Delhi’s Vasant Kunj for ease traffic movement after a proposal mooted earlier to build an elevated road was found unviable. Getting ridge clearance was also a major hurdle, sources said.
On Thursday, Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said the proposal to build a tunnel is being prepared and soon he will hold a meeting with concerned agencies and take a decision on the project. The minister said the NHAI is spending close to Rs 55,000 crore on different road projects in the national capital to reduce congestion and pollution.
Sources in the NHAI said the tunnel is expected to be bi-directional of three lanes each. “So, it would work as a six-lane highway. We are working on different alternative alignments and a detailed project report is being prepared,” said an official. TOI has learnt that the project cost for the tunnel would be around Rs 2,000 crore.
The tunnel is being proposed to connect NH8-Dwarka Expressway junction near Shiv Murti towards Nelson Mandela Marg near Vasant Kunj to decongest the Delhi-Gurugram Expressway and provide alternate connectivity to Gurugram and IGI Airport from central and south Delhi. As there will be an interchange at Shiv Murti, vehicles coming from central and south Delhi can also use the tunnel to get onto the Expressway and also the upcoming Urban Extension Road-II, which will provide direct link to Delhi-Chandigarh highway. This will not only reduce congestion on Gurugram Expressway but also on the Ring Road.
The need for alternate roads to Delhi-Gurugram expressway, which now often gets clogged during peak hours, was flagged soon after the expressway was inaugurated.

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