New Delhi: On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the main tunnel and five underpasses of the Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor Project in New Delhi. Union ministers Piyush Goyal, Hardeep Singh Puri, Som Parkash and Anupriya Patel were also present at the inauguration. According to Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the Integrated Transit Corridor project is an integral part of the Pragati Maidan Redevelopment Project.
Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor will ensure ease of living by helping save time and cost of commuters in a big way. https://t.co/e98TMk3z0i
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 19, 2022
The Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor project has been built at a cost of more than ₹920 crore and is entirely funded by the central government. After unvieling the tunnel, PM Modi also inspected the project. While appreciating the corridor, PM Modi said, “Delhi has received a beautiful infrastructure gift from Centre.”
The Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor project is aimed at providing hassle free and smooth access to the new exhibition and convention centre being developed at Pragati Maidan. It is an integral part of Pragati Maidan Redevelopment Project.
Pragati Maidan Tunnel
The 1.6-kilometer-long Pragati Maidan tunnel would be Delhi’s first, connecting commuters from east Delhi, Noida, and Ghaziabad to India Gate and other central Delhi regions. The main tunnel connects Ring Road with India Gate via Purana Qila Road passing through Pragati Maidan.The six-lane tunnel has access to the huge basement parking of Pragati Maidan.
The two cross tunnels below the main tunnel road have been constructed in order to facilitate movement of the traffic from either side of the parking lot.It is equipped with smart fire management, modern ventilation and automated drainage, digitally controlled CCTV and Public Announcement system inside the tunnel.
The tunnel will also serve as an alternative route to Bhairon Marg and is expected to take more than half of the traffic load of Bhairon Marg. Four of the underpasses are on Mathura Road, one on Bhairon Marg and one on the intersection of Ring Road and Bhairon Marg. The sixth underpass, which is yet to be completed, will give commuters a signal free trip between Sarai Kale Khan and Kashmere Gate ISBT.