PM dedicates Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor project

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PM dedicates the main tunnel and five underpasses of Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor Project to the nation, in New Delhi on June 19, 2022.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the main tunnel and five underpasses of the Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor Project to the nation. It’s part of the Pragati Maidan Redevelopment Project.

In his address, the Prime Minister called it a big gift from the central government to Delhi. Because of the pandemic and the traffic congestion, he remembered how hard it was to finish the project. He credited the revolutionary work culture of New India and the workers and engineers for getting the job done. “This is a New India that solves problems, takes new commitments and works tirelessly to achieve those commitments”, he said.

The Prime Minister said the tunnel is part of a plan to transform Pragti Maidan for the 21st century. He lamented that despite the changes in India, Pragti Maidan, which was created to showcase India, got slacked off because of lack of initiative. “Pragati” (progress) was lacking at Pragati Maidan, he said. Despite a lot of hype and publicity, this didn’t happen. “The Government of India continues to develop state-of-the-art facilities for world class events in the capital of the country”, he added while mentioning the International Convention and Expo Centre in Dwarka and the project to redevelop Pragati Maidan. Modern infrastructure developed by the central government is changing the face of Delhi.

The Prime Minister talked about the great benefits that will accrue from the integrated corridor in terms of saving time and fuel, 55 lakh litres as per one estimate, and also decongestion of traffic leading to an environmental dividend, equivalent to planting 5 lakh trees. He said these permanent solutions to enhance ease of living are the need of the hour. The Prime Minister said “in the last 8 years, we have taken unprecedented steps to solve the problems of Delhi-NCR. In the last 8 years, the metro service in Delhi-NCR has expanded from 193 km to 400 km, more than double.” He asked people to develop a habit of using the metro and public transport.

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The Prime Minister said that the country is creating multimodal connectivity through the vision of PM GatiShakti National Master Plan. PM GatiShakti National Master Plan is a medium of Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas, he said. The Prime Minister conveyed his happiness about the adoption of GatiShakti by states as he was briefed at the recent Chief Secretary Conference in Dharamshala.

Details of the Project:

At a cost of more than Rs. 920 crore, the Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor was funded entirely by the central government. In this way, it will be hassle-free and smooth for people to get to the new world-class exhibition and convention center at Pragati Maidan. This will make it easy for exhibitors and visitors to attend the events at Pragati Maidan.

However, the project will have an impact far beyond Pragati Maidan, as it’ll ensure hassle-free vehicular movement, helping commuters save time and money. Transforming urban infrastructure is part of the government’s overarching vision to make living easier.

The main tunnel connects Ring Road with India Gate via Purana Qila Road passing through Pragati Maidan. The six-lane divided tunnel has multiple purposes, including access to the huge basement parking of Pragati Maidan. A unique component of the Tunnel is that two cross tunnels below the main tunnel road have been constructed in order to facilitate movement of the traffic from either side of the parking lot. There are world-class features like smart fire management, modern ventilation and automated drainage, digitally controlled CCTV, and public announcements inside the tunnel for smooth traffic flow. This long-awaited tunnel will act as an alternative route to Bhairon Marg, which is far over its carriage capacity, and will take more than half the traffic load of Bhairon Marg.

Along with the tunnel, there will be six underpasses – four on Mathura Road, one on Bhairon Marg and one at the intersection of Ring Road and Bhairon Marg.

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