Following regular traffic snarls in Dhaula Kuan, the Delhi traffic police have proposed an elevated road connecting Dwarka to Ring Road.
The five kilometre elevated road is expected to decongest NH8 and traffic bound for the airport. In a proposal submitted to planning body UTTIPEC recently, the police have suggested a four lane double carriageway road that will cut across defence land and a railway line. Cops claim that this would reduce distance between southwest and central Delhi by 10 km.
“We have submitted the plan to UTTIPEC. They will decide further course of action,” said additional commissioner of police (traffic) Anil Shukla. Currently, only a dirt path exists where the elevated road is being proposed.
The plan envisions giving an alternate route to commuters who usually use NH8 and Station Road to commute between southwest and central Delhi. “It is anticipated that the elevated road would reduce travel time between Dwarka and Connaught Place by half an hour. It would give alternative access to other parts of southwest Delhi to central Delhi,” said a senior traffic police officer.
The road will also decongest Sardar Patel Marg, Loha Mandi, Upper Ridge Road and Patel Road. “Airport traffic will also benefit,” said a cop. Traffic load on NH8 will get reduced by 10-12%, cops said.