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Old May 7th, 2012, 10:02 PM   #2661
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cross posting: Outer Ring Road , West Delhi

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Old May 10th, 2012, 02:22 PM   #2662
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Gurgaon desperately needs another connection besides MG Road and NH8.

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Express news service : New Delhi, Tue May 08 2012, 01:54 hrs

Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) made a presentation to the Delhi government on Mondays putting forward suggestions to decongest Rao Tula Ram (RTR) flyover.

According to senior PWD officials, the two options, which are presently at a conceptual stage, include either widening the existing flyover or the surface level road along Poorvi Marg.

The agency has been hired to look into corridor improvement of Outer Ring Road from IIT Gate to NH-8 intersection. Besides this, the agency has also been asked to look into immediate remedial measures that can be introduced to decongest RTR flyover. A central verge had been created recently to streamline the two-way traffic flow on the flyover in February.

“A presentation was made by RITES on RTR flyover. They have recommended widening the flyover. The overall improvement of surface-level traffic movement will have to be done even if it is widened. They will look into how this can be made possible. The second suggestion of widening the surface-level road to ensure smooth traffic from Vasant Vihar towards the Airport is already under consideration. This will require additional space along Poorvi Marg. The residents of Vasant Vihar have, however, been resisting such a move as we will have to take up some footpath and service lane space,’’ said a senior PWD official.

The RTR flyover, which was constructed as part of the Commonwealth Games projects, was originally planned as a three-lane, one-way facility from the airport to IIT. After huge bottlenecks were reported on the grade level from IIT to the airport, the traffic flow on the flyover was restricted to from IIT to the airport. Corresponding bottlenecks resulted near the Army Research and Referral Hospital and it was finally decided that the carriageway be made two-way, resulting in only one-and-a-half lanes being available to each side on top of the flyover.
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Old May 13th, 2012, 03:03 PM   #2663
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New railway bridge brings better connectivity

NOIDA: With the commissioning of the railway over-bridge (ROB) at Dankaur on the eastern periphery, Gautam Budh Nagar has now achieved better connectivity with neighbouring districts of Aligarh and Bulandshahr. This has brought much respite to residents as well as transport vehicles of industries. The 737m-long ROB has been jointly constructed by the Uttar Pradesh Bridge Corporation (UPBC) and the Indian Railways in a little over two years and is expected to reduce long queues of vehicles at the railway crossing when it remains closed many times in the day to let trains pass. The ROB, which is at present a two-lane carriageway, will in the future be upgraded to four lanes.
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Old May 17th, 2012, 11:40 AM   #2664
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Due to construction activity of signature bridge the carriageway for movement of traffic around Khajuri chowk has been reduced,so traffic will be heavy for next one month. Kindly take 66ft road to reach Shastri park and beyond.
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 08:42 PM   #2665
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News on ORR signal free project, ring road flyover and Barapullah road extn. Most of this is old. These 3 together will cost Rs. 3000 crores and these are expected to begin construction by end of this year.

http://navbharattimes.indiatimes.com...w/13362469.cms

http://navbharattimes.indiatimes.com...w/13362736.cms
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Old May 23rd, 2012, 06:51 AM   #2666
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HUDA set to develop Sohna Road

With the Dwarka Expressway on one side, the newly proposed 16 line DLF-HUDA road on the direct opposite side, and this proposal for the Sohna Road, HUDA needs to connect the dots and complete the circle with a new road from the Dwarka Expressway connecting the DLF-HUDA road, and a small leg from Rajiv Chowk to the Dwarka Expressway - to form a complete Ring Road around Gurgaon. The rest of the city roads only need to connect the circle to facilitate smooth traffic flow. Of course this Ring Road should be wide and signal free for it to serve the purpose.

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Bhawna Gandhi, TNN | May 23, 2012, 07.11AM IST
GURGAON: After a long wait, it has been decided that the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) will develop Sohna Road and the chief engineer has been asked to float tenders for the road work.

There was uncertainty for almost three months within the department regarding the road work and no agency was finalized during this duration.

HUDA had prepared an estimate for the 6-km stretch starting from Rajiv Chowk till Badshapur in the year 2011 and the department sanctioned funds amounting to Rs 48.53 crore. Later, the government handed over the project to PWD's (B&R) Haryana State Road Development Corporation (HSRDC).

The HSRDC again prepared an estimate for the road which came out to Rs 75.30 crore. Then there was a dispute between the two departments over the construction of the road which was resolved by orders from the chief minister's office. The CM asked HUDA to start the project. Civic bodies have spent more than Rs 17 crore, from year 2006 till 2009, but the entire stretch continues to be in a shambles. Residents allege that traffic movement has increased by leaps and bounds and the mismanagement by the multiple authorities has resulted in the increasing number of accidents.
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Old May 29th, 2012, 01:02 PM   #2667
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"Investors looking for property development along the Metro Rail corridor need to evaluate the potential it holds for realty growth. Mass transit systems have over the years dominated travel in cities. Today, development around transit systems is an emerging trend. In major cities around the world, there are success stories of how development in the property market has grown around these transit systems.
This is particularly relevant in the suburbs where transit has become more accessible. A mass transit system like the Metro Rail has a multi-dimensional impact. These include potential for mixed land use, and highdensity projects that will be more profitable than they would be in the absence of this transit system.
TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT
Transit systems enhance the quality of life of the community around it. The gridlock in cities is pushing realty development along areas that have good connectivity projects. Integrated development adds to the positive aspects around a transit system.
For potential investors, the challenge lies in visualising the areas under the transit system . The use of spatial maps can help one get a fair idea of the planned phases of the Metro Rail and thus recognise the regions potential for realty development .
Investors can identify building and zoning norms, and plan on investing in developments. Commercial projects near the Metro enjoy premium rentals. The financial benefits of being near a transit system are thus manifold.
SCOPE
Planning around transit lines is linked to economic development because of the scope to increase real estate value, increase tax revenues and generate jobs. People from every strata of society like to live near a transit system. Residential development around the Metro, especially if it is a part of a mixed land use strategy, is potential. This is already a success story in Indiranagar, where mixed land development has given a new meaning to urban living which has undergone resurgence here.
The type of transit mode generally responds to the development intensity. In the case of the Metro, which is a high density transit system, it becomes increasingly essential for land use planning , public transportation, and real estate development to enhance the quality of living in the city. Achieving the potential for increased value of property in a transit-oriented zone generally requires building more complex (mixeduse ) projects at higher densities. It is for this reason that the floor area ratio (FAR) is enhanced for buildings closer to the Metro rail link.
Investors should ensure that structured parking and vertical development enhance the development of the property , making it a useful space for commuters to enjoy. Retail spaces will definitely fetch higher returns if built in accordance with commuter movement. Corporates too can be encouraged to move into well-built spaces along the Metro corridor.
One of the factors that will influence property values near the Metro in the future is the impact that fuel prices have on choice of housing location."
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Old June 10th, 2012, 09:22 AM   #2668
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So the big-ticket flyover/elevated road projects slated to start by this year (in Delhi) are:

1. ORR project from Janakpuri to Wazirabad
2. Barapullah elevated road extension from JN Stadium to Aurobindo Marg

Any others?

A while back there was news of widening the Chattarpur-Mahipalpur road (that passes through Vasant Kunj), which will be a big project as well, but I haven't heard anything about it beyond one news article.
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Old June 10th, 2012, 10:31 AM   #2669
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Flyover(s) on ring road between Azadpur and Prembari pul.
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Old June 10th, 2012, 10:37 AM   #2670
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Oh ya that one too.
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Old June 10th, 2012, 02:40 PM   #2671
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So the big-ticket flyover/elevated road projects slated to start by this year (in Delhi) are:

1. ORR project from Janakpuri to Wazirabad
2. Barapullah elevated road extension from JN Stadium to Aurobindo Marg

Any others?

A while back there was news of widening the Chattarpur-Mahipalpur road (that passes through Vasant Kunj), which will be a big project as well, but I haven't heard anything about it beyond one news article.
But do big flyover projects help in road congestion long term? I personally feel flyovers only have short term impact. Instead, more attention should be paid to the needs of non-motorised users i.e. cyclists and pedestrians. Its a tragedy that in Delhi-India's richest city-there are roads without proper pavements but the govt spends hundreds of crore on building flyovers. The lakhs of people who lack two wheelers and cars often dont have access to basic facilies. When we talk about building model roads, provision must be made for cyclists, pedestrians and the visually and physically disabled. Footh paths must be designed in such a way that physically disabled people can use them.

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Old June 10th, 2012, 06:30 PM   #2672
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Ya I completely agree with what you've said, and I also see how building better road infrastructure (esp wider roads, more flyovers/elevated roads etc) encourages the purchase and use of private motor vehicles, but I don't think such projects can be discounted completely as of now, especially to improve the drivability of existing roads (as opposed to building brand new roads within the city).

In fact I think it could be argued that making "signal free" roads (using flyovers, underpasses etc) could make it easier to implement public transport projects such as BRT. If there are no stop-lights and no right turns allowed on long stretches of arterial roads (with only periodic u-turns under flyovers and above underpasses), BRT lanes (or even LRT tracks) at the center of the road become much more feasible.
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Old June 12th, 2012, 03:05 PM   #2673
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Ya I completely agree with what you've said, and I also see how building better road infrastructure (esp wider roads, more flyovers/elevated roads etc) encourages the purchase and use of private motor vehicles, but I don't think such projects can be discounted completely as of now, especially to improve the drivability of existing roads (as opposed to building brand new roads within the city).

In fact I think it could be argued that making "signal free" roads (using flyovers, underpasses etc) could make it easier to implement public transport projects such as BRT. If there are no stop-lights and no right turns allowed on long stretches of arterial roads (with only periodic u-turns under flyovers and above underpasses), BRT lanes (or even LRT tracks) at the center of the road become much more feasible.
True. However, the issue here is of public equity. In a country with a huge number of urban poor, the issue of urban transport has to be linked to equity i.e. everyone-howsoever rich or poor-must be able to move around the city easily without using or needing to use his own vehicle. It needs to be easy so that those who cannot buy vehicles or cannot afford them don't face any issues moving around. New York and London are good models in this respect. For that the following are neccessary:

1. Public transport must be accessible (i.e. even the physically/visually disabled can use it+available wherever there is demand.)
2. Affordable-(this has to be linked to how rich a city is. Perhaps, bus fares in Delhi-say-can be much higher than a small town in Bihar. )
3. Timely-they have to run to a schedule
4. Environmentally friendly
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Old June 19th, 2012, 06:55 AM   #2674
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After the AIIMS' new private underpass, the Supreme Court will also have their own underpass running across Mathura Road:

Underpass to link SC to second home at Appu Ghar site

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New Delhi: The city’s landmark amusement park, Appu Ghar, will soon be a seat of justice and part of the Supreme Court complex. To connect the upcoming SC complex with the one across the road, the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has drafted a plan to construct a motorable underpass. Appu Ghar was closed in 2008, and an additional SC complex is slated to come up on a 12-acre plot where the amusement park once stood.

CPWD officials said the project proposal will now be placed before a Union Cabinet Committee for approval. The work on the new SC complex is expected to be complete in three years after start of work.

Speaking about the underpass, Sinha said, “A connecting road will allow vehicles to cross over from the old complex to the new one. A footpath will also be built along this road. The road near Pragati Maidan, below which the underpass will be made, might have to be partially closed once the work starts.”

Work on the project will start five to six months after the Cabinet gives its approval, officials said. “There will be minimum traffic disruption once the underpass project begins. We will carry it out in phases,” said an official.

A CPWD official said the new complex will also have an underground parking facility. “We are hoping to get approval for this project soon so that work can start by the end of this year. The preliminary cost estimate for this project is around Rs 884 crore,” said the official.

The underground parking lot will have a capacity of 1,800 vehicles and will have three levels.
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Underpass at Peeragarhi crossing

Summary: An underpass is planned at Peeragarhi crossing on NH-10. There is already a flyover at this crossing (on Outer ring road).
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Old June 25th, 2012, 10:19 AM   #2676
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Ahem ...

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Why more flyovers can't unclog Delhi

Delhi has the most extensive road network in India - 21% of its geographical area is just motorways. Yet, there is not enough space for the traffic. A latest study by UrbanEmissions.info shows that for 20% of their running time -- 12 minutes every hour - Delhi's cars are no faster than
pedestrians, and that a fifth of a car's traffic time on the busy roads of South Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon and Dwarka is spent idling or crawling at less than 4 km/hour.

Ten flyovers between Ashram crossing and Dhaula Kuan could not ease the traffic gridlock along the Ring Road. By the Public Works Department's own admission, it often takes 45-50 minutes to cover a distance of five kilometres from Maharani Bagh to South Extension during peak hours. It is the same story in most parts of the city.

Flyovers at Modi Mills, Mayapuri, Rao Tula Ram Marg, Azadpur, Seelampur and many others have decongested one intersection but escalated the problem at the next one. Others split the traffic and merge the same at the end of the flyover.

Delhi had just five flyovers at the end of Asian Games it hosted in 1982. Today, it has 74. In these 30 years, Delhi's vehicle stock has increased 51 times. Ten per cent of country's vehicles are registered in Delhi. Seventeen per cent of country's all private vehicles run on Delhi roads.

The number of vehicles is growing at 10% every year. According to a Centre for Science and Environment projection, the daily travel trips are expected to explode from 15 million today to 25.3 million in 2020.

The government has announced construction of eight new flyovers in the last one month. By the time these are in place, the number of vehicles would have gone up manifold. It seems to be becoming an unending spiral.

The government increases road space to decongest the existing traffic. But new roads end up attracting more traffic.

Experts explain this trend as the "induced traffic" phenomenon. The Victoria Transport Institute concluded from several major studies that half of increased roadway capacity is consumed by added traffic in about five years, and 80% of increased capacity is eventually consumed by induced traffic.

In fact, many cities in the West are dismantling their flyovers and expressways. In the United States, San Francisco, Portland and Milwaukee have already removed some of its urban highways.

Delhi may not need to take such extreme measures yet. But soon it will be impossible though to keep adding to infrastructure beyond its physical limits. The government has to provide decent travel alternatives and then take tough measures.

Owing to the massive hikes in petrol rates and shortage of parking, a large number of Delhi commuters are already shifting to Metro with daily passenger count frequently crossing the two million mark. By 2016, the DMRC will add another 120 km to its existing network of 190 km - a 63% expansion. The capital will also have more options for public transport in monorail and pod taxis in years to come.

Simultaneously, as almost all expert studies commissioned by the government have recommended, Delhi needs congestion tax and road space rationing.

Many South American cities restrain a percentage of vehicles every week day during rush hours or for the entire day.

In London, the congestion charge, a fee charged from private motor vehicles operating in central London between 7 am and 6 pm on weekdays, has not only helped reduce congestion but also helped the government raise investment for the city's transport system. This required political courage.

In Delhi, this will also require a paradigm shift from the populist, and often lucrative, policy of building flyovers.
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Perhaps it's time to prohibit auto-ricks from plying on long distance high speed roads like the RR and ORR?

Traffic has been observed to flow smoothly on the days these folks go on strikes. Ofcourse it'll lead to other roads being clogged and the auto-rickwallahs taking their riders on a (much more) circuitous route, but you have to see the other benefit.

They could be allowed to use certain stretches of the ring road - like from Ashram to Sarai Kale Khan so that they can take the DND and reach Noida. Similarly, they can be allowed to use the ORR just between Sangam marg and the domestic airport, so that they can get onto the DGE's service lanes.
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New proposed flyovers in east Delhi

Summary: A flyover has been proposed on Bhajanpura crossing, east of u/c Signature bridge to avoid traffic pile up. Another flyover is proposed at Shastri Park crossing, east of Kashmere Gate bridge to make Kashmere Gate-Shahdara stretch signal free.
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Perhaps it's time to prohibit auto-ricks from plying on long distance high speed roads like the RR and ORR?

Traffic has been observed to flow smoothly on the days these folks go on strikes. Ofcourse it'll lead to other roads being clogged and the auto-rickwallahs taking their riders on a (much more) circuitous route, but you have to see the other benefit.

They could be allowed to use certain stretches of the ring road - like from Ashram to Sarai Kale Khan so that they can take the DND and reach Noida. Similarly, they can be allowed to use the ORR just between Sangam marg and the domestic airport, so that they can get onto the DGE's service lanes.
These are short-term solutions, as the ever-increasing road traffic will, in a few year, eat-up the space made available by such solutions. The only long-term solution for Delhi is to increase the capacity and reach of good-quality public transport, encourage it's use on a war footing, and then create disincentives for the use of private transport (high parking fee, congestion charges etc etc).
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^ Implementing those generic measures to create a long term solution for big cities needs no introduction and really goes without saying. I don't consider them ingenious enough or specifically tailored for Delhi to elucidate/reintroduce them to anyone out here, as we can all agree how important it is for the public transportation to be strengthened, expanded and promoted.

That said, I do realize what I suggested is a short term solution but sometimes stop-gap measures like these are required when the public transportation (and policy if any) is not able to catch up with what is required to decongest the streets. It doesn't take much to prohibit auto-ricks on long-distance roads and see what the effects of it are on other roads. A properly enforced one week trial should suffice.

In any case, wouldn't you like to have have the ring road and outer ring roads (where a bulk of these 74 flyovers lie) be devoid of slow moving traffic? As the backbones of the city, their purpose is currently being defeated. If anything, I'd like the auto-ricks to be prohibited here, along with both the roads getting a proper identity sticking to just one name (get rid of Nasser, RTR, Hedgewar, Palam margs etc), supplemented by a logo for easy recognition on signboards along arterial/intermediate roads for directions leading towards them. These 2 wishes are basic and cheap enough for any responsible public road department to implement. Proper exit lanes and better access control are other wishes, which go without saying as everyone would like those but they'd be harder to implement.
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