New Delhi: The new look Pragati Maidan is ready for the public. The long wait is over. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate the main tunnel and five other underpasses at Delhi’s Pragati Maidan at 10:30 am tomorrow.
The 1.6-km-long tunnel will be the maiden tunnel in Delhi that will give commuters a chance to travel to India Gate and other central Delhi areas from east Delhi, Noida, and Ghaziabad. The tunnel and the five underpasses are part of the Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor project.
The Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor was created at a cost of approximately 920 crore, with the central government funding the entire project.
The Pragati Maidan tunnel will provide e-signal-free access to India Gate, the Supreme Court, and Mathura Road for motorists travelling from Noida, Ghaziabad, and east Delhi.
The tunnel runs from the Purana Qila Road at the National Sports Complex of India (NSCI) to the Ring Road near the Pragati Power Station, passing beneath the reconstructed Pragati Maidan.
To assuage concerns about waterlogging, a PWD official stated that seven underground sumps have been built to collect and drain storm water automatically.
The tunnel’s construction began in March 2018 and was expected to be completed by September 2019. Due to the complications of the construction work, the timetable was extended to June 2020. Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the deadline was later moved to December 2020, and then again to March 2022.
With approximately 100 CCTV cameras erected inside the Pragati Maidan’s tunnel, the area will be closely monitored.
According to officials, the tunnel and underpasses would increase connectivity to the newly reconstructed Pragati Maidan, in addition to reducing traffic flow in the ITO area.
Pragati Maidan now has dedicated entry and departure points from the tunnel and underpasses on Bhairon Marg.
The officials added that wall paintings will show the Indian culture, birds, and six seasons in different parts of the country, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, which will increase the beauty of the tunnel.