By Amit Rawat
NEW DELHI: Prime minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the main tunnel and five underpasses of the Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor Project on Sunday, June 19. It is expected to ease traffic for one lakh commuters per day.
The Centrally-funded underpasses have been constructed at a cost of more than Rs 920 crore with an aim to provide hassle-free and smooth access to the new world-class exhibition and convention centre being developed at Pragati Maidan.
The 1.36-km-long multipurpose tunnel will have six lanes, with a three-lane carriageway on both sides. It connects Ring Road with India Gate via Purana Qila Road passing through Pragati Maidan.
“It is equipped with the latest global standard facilities for smooth movement of traffic such as smart fire management, modern ventilation and automated drainage, digitally controlled CCTV and Public Announcement system inside the Tunnel,” said the prime minister’s office (PMO).
Along with the tunnel, there will be six underpasses – four on Mathura Road, one on Bhairon Marg and one on the intersection of Ring Road and Bhairon Marg.
It is expected to provide a hassle-free commute for people travelling between East, Southeast and Central Delhi.
The main tunnel and the underpasses were all decked up for the inauguration.