Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor project

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate much-awaited tunnel and six underpasses, as a part of Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor project, on June 19, 2022.

About Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor

  • The Transit Corridor is likely to ease traffic for 1 lakh commuters.
  • Corridor has been built at a cost of Rs 920 crore.
  • It is funded entirely by the central government.
  • The corridor seeks to provide a hassle-free and smooth access to new world-class exhibition and convention centre which is being developed at Pragati Maidan.
  • It seeks to facilitate easy participation of exhibitors and visitors for programmes being held at Pragati Maidan.

Features of the corridor

  • The Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor is a 1.36-km-long tunnel.
  • It has six lanes, with a three-lane carriageway on both sides.
  • It connects Ring Road with India Gate via Purana Qila Road and Pragati Maidan.
  • It will provide direct connectivity to basement parking of Pragati Maidan.
  • The corridor is likely to provide a hassle-free commute for people travelling between East, Southeast and Central Delhi.

Control room of the Tunnel

This tunnel will have two control rooms at the entry and exit for monitoring traffic through CCTVs. A five-metre wide and 80-metre-long emergency lane has also been constructed on underground stretch to tow away vehicle that breaks down.

Six Underpasses

The corridor will have six underpasses. Out of them, five are on the Mathura Road. It will create a signal-free stretch between Pragati Maidan and Sunder Nursery. Sixth underpass is on Ring Road which will go beneath the railway line and will connect to Bhairon Marg.

Background

Work on tunnel and underpasses was started in 2017. It was estimated to be completed by 2019 but was delayed due to covid-19 pandemic and ban on construction activities in Delhi due to pollution.

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