A 23.6 km-long Vikaspuri- Wazirabad signal-free corridor in outer Delhi was today thrown open to the public by the Delhi government. The government inaugurated the corridor's last part - a six-lane flyover at Mukundpur Chowk - that will significantly ease traffic congestion on the city's Outer Ring Road. As per the plan, the government wants to extend this signal-free corridor to Noida to ease traffic movement. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who inaugurated the flyover at an event here, asked the Public Works Department (PWD) to construct a cycle track along the corridor from Mukundpur to Majnu-ka-tilla crossing. The Vikaspuri-Wazirabad corridor, conceptualised by the previous Sheila Dikshit government, has four components that involve construction of several flyovers at different intersections - Vikaspuri-Meera Bagh elevated corridor, Mangolpuri-Madhuban Chowk elevated corridor, Madhuban Chowk to Mukarba Chowk elevated corridor and Mukarba Chowk to Wazirabad signal-free project. Construction work on this corridor began in November 2013. "The last part of this project (Vikaspuri-Wazirabad) is being thrown open to public today. This is not just a flyover for commuting, but a big relief from traffic jams. We want to give people a life of ease and dignity by this project.
There was a huge traffic on this stretch," Sisodia said. The 900 meter-long flyover at Mukundpur Chowk has been constructed at a cost of Rs 50 crore against its estimated cost of Rs 60 crore. PWD Minister Satyendar Jain said that government has saved about 10-15 crore in this project. Areas to be benefited by the construction of this flyover are Burari, Mukundpur, Uttam Nagar, Vikaspuri, Peeragarhi, Mayapuri among others. The Mukundpur intersection sees around 1.75 lakh vehicles per day and each vehicle will save at least four minutes. All traffic on NH-1 including inter-state pubic and commercial vehicles will also be benefited. There will be huge savings in terms of commuting time, manpower, fuels, and there would be lesser CO2 emission. This saving is equivalent to approximately Rs 56 crore per year. Smooth and uninterrupted movement of traffic on this intersection would save emission of at least 4,975 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per day. PWD said that 2.29 Lakh trees would be required to absorb this much amount of CO2 under normal conditions. The Kejriwal government has claimed to have saved several crores of rupees in the construction of Vikaspuri-Wazirabad Signal-free corridor so far. The PWD had in January opened the elevated corridor between Mangolpuri and Madhuban Chowk in north-west Delhi and opened its next section at Mukerba Chowk. In the Mangolpuri and Madhuban Chowk project, government claimed to have saved Rs 123.05 crore in the construction of that phase. The flyovers, which were being constructed under the project of Vikaspuri-Wazirabad signal-free elevated corridor, were completed one by one.
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