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No more traffic jam to Delhi airport


NEW DELHI, 16 JULY. The Rao Tula Ram (RTR) flyover was opened by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today, with Delhi residents hoping this elevated, three-lane, 2.7-km stretch of road eases the pain and frustration of navigating rush hour traffic in South Delhi.

The newly constructed flyover branches out of the Munirka flyover and ends before the Army Research and Referral Hospital near Subroto Park close to National Highway-8.

Built at a cost of nearly Rs. 310 crore, the RTR flyover is expected to ease traffic flowing to the Indira Gandhi International Airport and Gurugram, and provide relief to hassled commuters from neighbourhoods like Munirka, Hauz Khas and Greater Kailash, who have become resigned to bottlenecks and jams on Outer Ring Road in South Delhi.

Construction of the RTR flyover began in November 2014 and was to have been completed in exactly two years. However, the project missed several deadlines due to planning permission delays. It also wound up in the Delhi High Court after residents of Vasant Vihar, a nearby residential neighbourhood, challenged the PWD's decision to expand on the existing flyover.

Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari took the opportunity to claim brownie points today morning, comparing the time taken to build the RTR flyover with the 15 months taken to build the 8.7-km Nizammuddin Bridge on the Delhi-UP border.

The Delhi North-East parliamentarian tweeted: "RTR Flyover just 2.7Kms stretch made in 5 years by Delhi Govt is set to open today. This has been a nightmare each day for commuters. 8.7 Kms stretch of NH24 Nizamuddin bridge-DelhiUP border completed and inaugurated by @narendramodi Ji in 15 months #DelhiWantsBJP#goodgovernance."

The BJP and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are at loggerheads, with the AAP accusing the BJP of everything from throttling the capital's development to sponsoring physical assaults on Mr Kejriwal.



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