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Delhi :Cabinet approves construction of integrated campus of GB Pant Engineering College

Delhi :Cabinet approves construction of integrated campus of GB Pant Engineering College

Cabinet also approves Corridor improvement project of Outer Ring Road From IIT to NH-8 & its influence areas

The Delhi Cabinet, in its meeting on Friday, chaired by the Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal approved the following important proposals :

1) The Cabinet accorded its administrative approval and Expenditure Sanction to the Department of Training and Technical Education for the Construction of Integrated Campus of G. B. Pant Engineering College and Polytechnic at Okhla Industrial Estate Phase- III, New Delhi at an estimated cost of Rs. 526.66 crore.

BACKGROUND

Presently, G. B. Pant Polytechnic is functioning in an old building since 1961 and G. B. Pant Engineering College is functioning in old hostel buildings of G. B. Pant Polytechnic at Okhla Industrial Estate Phase- III, New Delhi with poor infrastructure facilities, which is insufficient for any educational institution. There is a need for new infrastructure capable of catering current and future requirements of around 3000 students and 200 teachers plus supporting staff of about 200 people.

The project under consideration is for construction of Integrated Campus of G. B. Pant Engineering College and Polytechnic, which is a 100% funded college of the Delhi Government at Okhla Industrial Estate Phase-III in South Delhi for providing world class infrastructure comparable to any Technical education institute in the world catering around 2880 students at a cost of Rs. 526.66 Crore.

The preliminary estimate, which has been framed by the Public Works Department in consultation with the college authorities and officers of Department of Training and Technical Education, was also considered positively by Finance and Planning Departments for placing the same before the Cabinet for approval.

History of the Project since allotment of land is as under:-

The total land area available at present as per topographical survey is 188647.13 sq.m (46.61 acre). A piece of land measuring 95694.94 sq.m. (23.64 acre) out of 188647.13 sq.m (46.61 acre) was allotted to IIITD campus. Therefore, total site area available for integrated campus of G. B. Pant Engineering College and Polytechnic is 92952.16 sq. m. (22.96 acre).

2) The Cabinet accorded its administrative approval and expenditure sanction for the Public Works Department proposal for the revised cost of the Corridor improvement project of Outer Ring Road From IIT to NH-8 & its influence areas. (The revised cost of the project is now estimated at Rs 364.87 crore from Rs 313.67 crore)

The Construction project is of (Part-A) Flyover on portal Structure Linking Existing Munirka Flyover In the East to the point beyond Army RR Hospital in the West on the Outer Ring Road and (Part-B) Underpass at junction of BJ Marg and Inner Ring Road.

BACKGROUND

During the period 2007-10, in view of the Commonwealth Games, the PWD constructed three flyovers at the Outer Ring Road (ORR) after approval of UTTIPEC and DUAC to ease the traffic congestion in the area viz- Over the Africa Avenue and intersections near IIT; Over the Vivekananda Marg, Nelson Mandela Marg and Kamakoti Marg intersections at Munirka; and a half i.e. one way flyover Over the Rao Tula Ram (RTR) and Benito Juarez Marg (BJM) Intersections near Vasant Vihar.

During the construction of the flyovers at Outer Ring Road in the period 2007-10 by PWD, the Vasant Vihar Welfare Association (VVWA), in October 2009, approached the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi for redressal of their concerns regarding traffic management on the stretch, after the opening of these flyovers.

The Hon’ble High Court, in its order, directed UTTIPEC to examine the issues raised by the Association in its petition. UTTIPEC recommended RITES to conduct study of the corridor and suggest a traffic management plan. M/s RITES Limited was therefore engaged by PWD to draw medium and long term proposals for preparing Traffic Improvement plan of Outer Ring Road from IIT Gate to NH-8 and its influential area.

On the basis of recommendations of RITES, to ease the traffic congestion on the RTR and the Outer Ring Road, UTTIPEC in its 42nd Governing Body Meeting held on 05-04-2013 approved “In-principle” the construction of (1) Flyover on Portal Structure Linking Munirka Flyover in the East to the point beyond Army RR Hospital in the West on the Outer Ring Road and (2) Underpass at junction of BJ Marg and Inner Ring Road for a right turn on the Ring Road.

Based on the drawings of M/s RITES Ltd., the models of the schemes were prepared and submitted to DUAC for approval. The DUAC has also approved the proposal in the meeting held on 27 August, 2013.

The flyover on the portal structure will ease traffic congestion of the ORR and improve the East-West Connectivity to the Airport, Dwarka, Gurgaon and NH 8. The underpass at the BJ Marg under the ring road will provide a facility for a right turn from BJ Marg to the Inner Ring Road thereby opening up the capacity of the under- utilized BJ Marg and easing traffic on the RTR as a result, which is now choked as the lone South-North connectivity corridor. This will ease traffic on the ORR and improve connectivity to Central and North Delhi Areas from the South.

DMRC has agreed to construct a portion of the underpass coming directly below the viaduct of the under construction Phase III Metro line on Ring Road.

The revision in the cost is due to increase in cost of shifting of underground miscellaneous utilities and compensatory tree plantation by Rs 51.20 crore.

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