PWD plans to revive Kalindi bypass project in bigger way

After abandoning the Kalindi bypass project following an expenditure of over Rs 50 crores on it, the Public Works Department (PWD) plans to revive the project in a grander fashion. The PWD now plans to integrate the Ring Road bypass as well as the Barapullah elevated corridor with the project.

The PWD will soon float tenders to invite consultants for a feasibility study. "The project is at a very early stage. We have had a discussion about integrating the Ring Road bypass and the Barapullah elevated road with the Kalindi bypass," PWD Principal Secretary K K Sharma said. The Kalindi bypass project was meant to decongest the Badarpur and Ashram areas.

Once integration of these three projects is achieved, there will be better connectivity for motorists travelling between Faridabad, Noida, East Delhi and other parts of the Capital.

There are, however, several unresolved issues apart from the land dispute with the UP government, due to which the project had been abandoned.

The biggest problem is that after changing the re-alignment of the project following a High Court order, 800 houses in the Batla House area will have to be relocated. Apart from this, the Okhla Bird Sanctuary, the Defence Sailing Club and a UP guest house also falls on this road.

"At present, we have drafted the terms for the feasibility study. It will be sent to the United Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre for discussion before the tender is floated for the consultant. The consultant will be asked to look for a solution to these problems," said a senior PWD official.

The construction work of 6.5-km long Kalindi bypass was awarded at the cost of Rs 63.41 crores in May 2003 — the project was to be completed by 2005. The bypass was to pass along the west bank of the Yamuna. The project had to be abandoned midway as only 35 per cent of land required was available.

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