New Delhi: The Delhi government has decided to begin the construction work of the much-delayed extension of Barapullah III road elevated up to Mayur Vihar in east Delhi, stated officials. According to a report by The Times of India, Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Satyendar Jain had directed officials to buy two plots of land from farmers, measuring about 8.5 acres, on the Yamuna riverbed for the purpose of constructing the bridge.

The land belongs to farmers of Nagli Razapur village. When the PWD officials came to know about the private ownership of the land, they informed the same to the government ‘s land and building department. Since the land falls in the course of the construction of the bridge, the PWD officials asked the government to take over the land between Sarai Kale Khan in the west of the Yamuna and Mayur Vihar in the east.

Officials noted that the project may be delayed by at least two more years since the government would take time to acquire the private land under the provisions of the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013. The construction of the elevated road began in April 2015. While 70 per cent of work was targeted to be completed by 2018, only 52 per cent work was completed by December 2017, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said earlier.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated the Barapullah Corridor on July 28, 2018. The corridor is likely to bring down the travel time by 20 minutes between Sarai Kale Khan and AIIMS. It has been conceived as a south-east corridor and will work as an alternative route to congested sections of the Ring Road between the areas. The entire corridor of Barapulla flyovers, which consist of four phases, will be a signal-free stretch for commuters travelling between east Delhi and the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

According to a statement, the total cost of the project is an estimated Rs 530 crore which is likely to be recovered in a span of three years.

(With Agency inputs)