Signal-free Rail Corridor to connect East West Delhi in the pipeline

PWD to develop signal-free corridor to connect East-West Delhi. Once completed, the corridor will reduce the travel time between east and west Delhi by nearly 30 minutes as compared to 90 minutes.

Signal Free CorridorNew Delhi: In a joint initiative, the Delhi Government and Delhi Division of Northern Railways have planned an integrated signal free East-West corridor. With this, commuters will get rid of traffic congestion from Vikas Marg, ITO, New Delhi and other central Delhi areas on the east-west Delhi route. Also, the travel time shall be cut short to nearly 30 minutes as compared to 90 minutes at present.

In a letter to the Delhi Division of Railways, the Delhi Government’s Public Works Department (PWD) has planned a corridor that will provide connectivity at Anand Vihar and New Delhi Railway station.

“It will provide congestion-free connectivity to major railway stations at Anand Vihar and New Delhi. The East West corridor is proposed to start from Anand Vihar railway terminal and traverse along the railway track to New Delhi railway station and then to Punjabi Bagh up to Tikri Border in West Delhi,” the PWD said in the letter addressed to General Manager, Northern Railway.

According to sources, the PWD has sought inputs so as to make the proposed corridor beneficial to rail passengers. However, Railway officials want certain modifications in the proposed alignment so as to connect the Old Delhi railway station through access road.

“We have also requested the Delhi Government to construct ROBs to get rid of traffic congestion at Old Delhi station. A number of passengers miss their trains due to heavy congestion in the entire Chandni Chowk area. The railways will coordinate with the Delhi Government to explore the feasibility of connecting Old Delhi station with the proposed elevated corridor,” said Arun Arora, Divisional Railway Manager, Delhi.

The cost of the 20-km long corridor project is likely to be nearly Rs.2,500 crore and will be completed in three years from the date of start. As per the proposed alignment, the corridor will begin at the Anand Vihar railway station and run parallel to Karkardooma and Vikas Marg in East Delhi. In the Central Delhi, the corridor will pass through ITO, DDU Marg and New Delhi Railway station. In the first phase, the corridor will be developed up to Punjabi Bagh and later extended up to Peeragarhi and Tikri Border along the NH-10 in West Delhi.

The elevated corridor will have at least six access roads to points like Karkardooma, ITO, DDU Marg, New Delhi station and Punjabi Bagh among others.

“We will seek permissions from the railways for installation of pillars along the Anand Vihar railway station and the New Delhi railway station. The corridor will, in fact, be an elevated stretch running along the railway line,” a senior PWD official said.

Railway officials indicated that there was no objection as the project would benefit the railways to a great extent. Sources in the PWD said owing to the revival of the Anand Vihar railway station as a “world-class” station — with emphasis on multi-modal integration and the upcoming transit-oriented development (TOD) at Karkardooma in East Delhi — the department has decided to revive the corridor.

The proposed corridor is a modified version of the plan mooted during the previous Congress regime. The east west corridor was first conceived in 2005. As per the plan, the corridor was to start near Akshardham Temple. However, in late 2008, the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) had raised certain objections to the construction of a stretch of the elevated road on the Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) Marg. The Delhi Government at that time too did not take up the project ahead of the Commonwealth Games (CWG), 2010. The project was eventually shelved in 2009.


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