Underpass proposal revived to break Ashram bottleneck
Confirming this, PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan said: “We are carrying out feasibility studies for several infrastructure projects, which we want to take up all over Delhi. This includes the plan to construct an underpass at Ashram crossing.’’ This proposal is part of PWD’s corridor improvement of Mathura Road from Ashram Chowk to Hotel Rajdoot and improvement of Ring Road from Ashram flyover to DND flyover.
“This underpass will provide much-needed relief from snarls at the Ashram crossing. It will also provide a direct access to traffic moving from areas such as Nizamuddin and Bhogal towards Faridabad,’’ a PWD official said.
Several plans had been proposed to decongest Ashram crossing but none of them have been implemented till date. National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and PWD had both floated tenders separately to engage a consultant for preparing the decongestion plan in 2009. But the latter scrapped the tender saying it would only be a duplication of what NHAI was doing. However, sources in NHAI have now confirmed that they were no longer pursuing this project and it would be looked into by PWD.
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