Pragati Maidan: Delhi’s first tunnel open for traffic

The tunnel will be open for 12 hours – from 8 in the morning to 8 at night on a trial basis for a few days

Pragati Maidan: Delhi’s first tunnel open for traffic

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On Monday, the main tunnel of the Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor project was opened for traffic after it was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, officials said. 

A senior official of the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) stated, “Vehicular movement initiated in the tunnel this morning. Traffic police and Public Works Department (PWD) officials are closely monitoring the movement of vehicles for smooth functioning.”  

Speaking about the 1.3 km long tunnel, Public Works Department (PWD) officials said that the tunnel will facilitate easier travel route to India Gate and other central areas from east Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida. It will let the commuters ditch the traffic jams at Mathura Road, bhairon Marg and ITO. 

The tunnel, which starts near the National Sports Complex of India at the Purana Qila Road, passes underneath the redeveloped Pragati Maidan to meet Ring Road near the Pragati Power station.

Several residents and commuters who frequently travel in and around the area have expressed a sigh of relief as they won’t have to stay stuck in long stretches of traffic jams daily. Another commuter has pointed out that the tunnel may help in lowering pollution levels in the capital besides saving time and money.

(With inputs from PTI)

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