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Delhi govt may launch trial run of RTR flyover on Jun 24

NEW DELHI: As the construction of a 2.7 km flyover parallel to the existing Rao Tula Ram (RTR) flyover nears completion the Delhi government is all set to launch a trial run next week likely on June 24, said the government sources. With the completion of this flyover, the travel time from Munirka to the airport will take just 25 minutes. According to the officials, 98% work of the flyover is done and after the trial run, the other two per cent would be finished. The officials also said that when the flyover will become fully functional the traffic snarl from Munrika to Subroto Park will not be there anymore.

The work of this flyover started in 2014 but for several problems, the work was delayed. Firstly the local residents moved court as the flyover was reportedly obstructing the water pipeline. The Delhi government took the cognisance of the complaints and started its work to build different water pipelines also the government worked on the issues of electric wires. The sources said that the government also took worked out on a plan to make the flyover. "The work on electric, water pipelines and reducing tree cutting delayed the whole process of making the flyover. But now we are in a good position," said an official.

The sources in the government confirmed after the trial run the government would like to open the flyover at the end of June or by the first week of July. The new three-lane RTR flyover will start from Munirka petrol pump and end before NH-8, close to the R&R hospital at Subroto Park. It is expected to reduce congestion on the Outer Ring Road, RTR Marg and the Ring Road.

Meanhwile, traffic Outer Ring Road between Munirka and Army Research and Referral (R&R) hospital faced became very late due to this delay in the project. While the road is very a very important road for the commuters as it connects the airport, the road became single way due to the construction work and also the number of commuting cars increased with time. According to reports due to the dumped debris on the single road, the traffic at the area suffered.

"The Delhi government worked hard to finish this work despite various issues. The work could have been faster but at this stage the flyover is ready and it will benefit the commuters," said an official.

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