A delegation of representatives from North Corporation on Tuesday met officials from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) asking them to expedite the development of Urban Extension Road-2 (UER).
The 43km corridor, which will connect three National Highways (NH-I, NH-8 and NH-10) and form a semi-circular road around Delhi, aims to reduce traffic congestion from the existing Ring Road and Outer Ring Road.
This road unofficially touted as the ‘third ring road’ was proposed in Delhi Master Plan 2021.
Last week, HT had reported that the project, which was supposed to be completed three years ago, has averaged a completion rate of less than 4km every year.
The New Deadline for Project is set to be 2020.
As per senior officials from the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the project was transferred to the NHAI in January this year because it was facing problems in acquiring some patches of land between Western Yamuna Canal and Najafgarh Drain. “We completed a portion of the corridor, but after facing problems in land acquisition, it was handed over to NHAI,” a senior DDA official earlier said.
North corporation standing committee chairperson Veena Virmani said the corridor, once made operational, will reduce 30-40 % traffic on the MCD and PWD roads.
“The project will allow speedy movement of vehicles from Nangloi to Kundli Border. Further, the corridor will bring relief to those living in border areas such as Najafgarh, Nangloi, Narela, Rohini, Dwarka and parts of west Delhi because there won’t be any dust pollution and congestion due to frequent movement of heavy vehicles on internal roads,” she said.
Virmani said though the project was conceived in 2006, for various reasons, it could not be implemented on ground. “Due to delay in land acquisition and removing encroachment from the earmarked site, project got delayed for years. During the meeting with NHAI officials, we requested appropriate steps to deal with land acquisition issues on priority and resume work as soon as possible,” said Virmani.