New Delhi: The long-delayed, Rao Tula Ram (RTR) flyover was opened by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal today. With the elevated road now thrown open to the public, commuting to the Delhi domestic and international airport terminals from South and East Delhi and Noida will become easier. The flyover on Outer Ring Road will also smoothen the journey to Gurgaon. After inaugurating the flyover, Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Congratulations Delhiites. Overcoming all hurdles your govt finally succeeds in opening the RTR flyover from today. No more traffic jams on your way to the airport."
Five things to know about the newly inaugurated Rao Tula Ram (RTR) flyover:
1) The newly constructed 2.7 km flyover branches out of Munirka flyover and ends before Army Research and Referral Hospital near Subroto Park close to National Highway-8.
2) The construction of the elevated road was started in November 2014. It was to be completed by November 2016, but missed several deadlines.
3) The opening of the three-lane elevated road will be a great relief for the motorists from South Delhi areas like Munirka, Hauz Khas, Greater Kailash and Noida, who will be able to ditch the already clogged Outer Ring Road to reach the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport.
4) It has been built at a cost of around ₹310 crore due to the repeated delays to the project for several reasons.
5) The flyover was part of a larger plan to decongest the busy Vasant Vihar, South Campus and Moti Bagh corridors. The other part of the project, the construction of an underpass linking South Campus with San Martin Road in Chanakyapuri, is now expected to be completed later this year as major hiccups have been cleared.
-With inputs from PTI