Making commute easier: Underpass, skywalk at Delhi’s Benito Juarez Marg to be ready by March

The project dates back to 2013, when it was first proposed, with it being initiated about two years later in 2015.

The underpass will begin from the metro station at Durga Bai Deshmukh South Campus and split into two wings in a ‘Y’ shape. (Representative image/Reuters)
The underpass will begin from the metro station at Durga Bai Deshmukh South Campus. (Representative image/Reuters)

Benito Juarez Marg underpass and skywalk: The construction of the underpass and skywalk on the Benito Juarez Marg is being expedited after it has been delayed a lot due to several factors. According to a report in IE, the project will now be finished by March. With this, commuting between New Delhi, the Indira Gandhi International Airport, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Central Delhi is set to become easier. Earlier, the project had been slated to be completed by January this year, but it was delayed by a couple of months due to the construction ban imposed in Delhi by the National Green Tribunal in view of the increasing pollution. 

The report cited a PWD official as saying that the construction work was proceeding as per schedule, with most of the civil work already having been completed. The official further stated that as far as the underpass was concerned, only flooring, roofing, and lighting were left. Moreover, pillars for the skywalk were put in place, and at present, the installation of readymade steel girders was being undertaken. 

It is estimated that the underpass, having a length of 1.8 km, and the skywalk, spanning 670 metres, will prove to be beneficial to a whopping 2.5 lakh commuters on a daily basis, especially those coming from the neighbouring region of Gurugram. With the way things currently stand, commuters from the international airport and from Gurugram need to take the Dhaula Kuan route in order to reach AIIMS as well as Central Delhi. On the other hand, with the proposed construction of the underpass being constructed, they would be able to reach Moti Bagh and AIIMS, they would be able to use the underpass to head onto the Outer Ring Road. This will also aid in reducing the traffic congestion at Dhaula Kuan, the report added. 

As per plans, the underpass, which will be split into two wings in the shape of the letter ‘Y’, will begin at the south campus metro station, which falls on the Pink Line. 

Meanwhile, students of Maitreyi College as well as Jesus and Mary College of the University of Delhi will be benefited from the Skywalk once colleges resume functioning. Earlier, students had no option but to take a longer route, which left female students feeling unsafe.

The project dates back to 2013, when it was first proposed, with it being initiated about two years later in 2015. Though the civil work in relation to the project started in 2016, factors like guideline revisions, labour force shortage, lockdowns as well as construction bans kept delaying the project. 

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