4-lane flyover at Dhaula Kuan junction inaugurated.
New Delhi: The Centre has undertaken highway projects worth Rs 50,000 crore to tackle traffic congestions in the national capital, which is battling against the problem of pollution, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari said on Saturday.
In addition, projects worth Rs 5,000 crore are being implemented to check pollution in Yamuna, Mr Gadkari, who also holds the water resources and river development portfolio, said after inaugurating a four-lane flyover at Dhaula Kuan junction here.
The minister said this flyover is the first step towards developing a signal-free corridor to the Indira Gandhi international airport and efforts are on to complete all other projects on the corridor in the next three months.
“With inauguration of this flyover, a major bottleneck has been removed as traffic jam here not only caused delays but also created pollution. The remaining work on the corridor will be completed in three months,” he said.
“We have undertaken road projects worth Rs 50,000 crore in Delhi... Pollution is a major problem in Delhi...So is traffic jam... We are working to reduce pollution. On Yamuna, we have undertaken projects worth Rs 5,000 crore. Delhi will get rid of water and air pollution,” the road transport minister said.
Talking about Dhaula Kuan flyover, Mr Gadkari said the project will bring a much needed relief to commuters as they will not have to miss their flights due to traffic congestions now. The flyover, located near Dhaula Kuan metro station on NH-8, has been built in a record time of 136 days and will be reducing the waiting time at Dhaula Kuan traffic signal.