The six-lane tunnel provides access to the huge basement parking of Pragati Maidan and decongests traffic around the world-class convention centre which is nearing completion.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation the main tunnel and five underpasses of the Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor Project on Sunday (19 June).
He will also address the gathering on occasion. The Integrated Transit Corridor project is integral to the Pragati Maidan Redevelopment Project.
The Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor project was built at more than Rs 920 crore.
Entirely funded by the union government, it aims to provide hassle-free and smooth access to the new world-class exhibition and convention centre being developed at Pragati Maidan, facilitating easy participation of exhibitors and visitors in the programmes being held at Pragati Maidan.
The project’s impact, however, will be much beyond Pragati Maidan as it will ensure hassle-free vehicular movement, helping save time and cost for commuters in a big way.
The 27 metres wide main tunnel connects Ring Road with India Gate via Purana Qila Road, passing through Pragati Maidan.
The six-lane divided tunnel has multiple purposes, including access to the huge basement parking of Pragati Maidan. A unique component of the tunnel is that two cross tunnels below the main tunnel road have been constructed to facilitate traffic movement from either side of the parking lot.
The tunnel project for which the foundation stone was laid in December 2017 is equipped with smart fire management, modern ventilation and automated drainage, digitally controlled CCTV and a Public Announcement system inside the tunnel.
This long-awaited tunnel will serve as an alternative route to Bhairon Marg, which is running much beyond its carrying capacity and is expected to take more than half of the traffic load of Bhairon Marg.
Along with the tunnel, there will be six underpasses, four on Mathura Road, one on Bhairon Marg and one at the intersection of Ring Road and Bhairon Marg.