Delhi: Dash from India Gate to Ring Road in 2 minutes | Delhi News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Shambhu Prasad, a life insurance agent and resident of Ghaziabad, smiled brightly as he said, “Going home, I took the tunnel and found that it cut my trip quite a bit, both in terms of time and fuel. My usual route from ITO or Bhairon Marg was exasperating because of the congestion.” He made a video for his family of the newly opened Pragati Maidan tunnel, which was thrown open for public use on Monday.

When TOI took a drive in the afternoon, it found that it took just two minutes from India Gate to reach Ring Road across Pragati Maidan. This represents a major relief to motorists going to Noida and Ghaziabad via the Delhi-Meerut expressway.
Not all features of the road project are ready yet. TOI found that only four of the six underpasses were open for public use on Monday. The one at the T junction of Bhairon Marg and Ring Road is still under construction and another near the Supreme Court had barriers at the entrance preventing vehicles from using it.
According to PWD officials, for a few days, traffic will be allowed in the 1.36km tunnel — India’s widest bored structure — only between 9am and 8pm only. Vehicular use will be fully permitted after traffic flow stabilises. The tunnel starts near National Sports Club of India on Purana Qila Road and passes underneath the redeveloped Pragati Maidan to merge with Ring Road near the Pragati Power Station.
LIC agent Prasad was not the only one to record a film clip of the artfully decorated tunnel. Many motorists and two-wheeler riders slowed down to make videos of the “live art gallery”. This, however, hampered the work of PWD, which had to deploy staff to hurry the road users forward.
“While making videos or clicking pictures, people are slowing down in the middle of the passage. It might not be too crowded, but cars keep coming at high speed here, accidents can take place if this happens,” said a PWD worker. “We are telling the people that this is not a selfie spot, but a high speed transit network.”
During the drive, TOI found no mobile connectivity problems inside the tunnel. However, the opening of the tunnel had little impact on traffic on the Mathura Road stretch on Monday because motorists appeared to mostly stick to the road above ground where the traffic lights regularly impeded progress. Also, the entry from Mathura Road directly into the tunnel was closed on the day.
Someone starting from ITO can cross the Pragati Maidan metro station and enter the main tunnel and be on Ring Road within the minute. The corridor will allow commuters travelling to India Gate and other central Delhi areas from east Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad to evade traffic snarls at ITO, Mathura Road and Bhairon Marg.
“I have never seen such a beautiful tunnel,” said Hemant, a professional vlogger. “After hearing the news of its inauguration on Sunday, I came to capture its art on my camera. It is beautiful and creative.”

Atul Tiwari

Atul Tiwari

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