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IGIA, Gurugram closer as CM inaugurates new RTR Flyover

NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday inaugurated the 2.85 km signal-free new RTR Flyover, and said a few more such projects will come up in the national capital before the end of his government's tenure. The elevated road was built between Munirka and Subroto Park on the Outer Ring Road to ease rush hour traffic and to make travelling from south Delhi and Noida towards the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) easier.

Part of a larger plan to decongest the busy Vasant Vihar, South Campus and Moti Bagh corridors, the flyover will reduce the travel time of commuters going to the airport and Gurugram, along with decongesting the Outer Ring Road, Ring Road, Munirka, Vasant Vihar and R.K. Puram. It's likely to benefit over 100,000 motorists a day.

This elevated corridor of Rao Tula Ram Flyover, has been built at a cost of Rs 205 crore on the Outer Ring Road. "In 15 years, the Sheila Dikshit government built 70 flyovers. In the last four-and-a-half years, our (AAP) government has built 23 flyovers," Kejriwal said in his address after inaugurating the flyover.

"We do our work, but we don't advertise much. Now, it is for the people to spread word about the work we have done in the last four-and-a-half years," he said.

"Earlier only flyovers were being built in the city, but now the overall development of the city is taking place. Common people are getting roads, electricity, education, water and sewage facilities, not just flyovers and big roads," said Kejriwal, adding that his government was doing its job without advertising it.

Taking a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Chief Minister said: "There is one leader whose party is not in power in Delhi for the last 20 years but he claims that his party built the Signature Bridge. We don't know how to do such politics."

Hitting out at his detractors, the AAP chief said after the inauguration of the Signature Bridge, a member of the opposition party had sought to take credit of that project. "We believe in doing our work and not indulging in dirty politics. The Delhi government has worked a lot in education, health and other sectors, and our work will speak," he said.

Interacting with reporters after the event, he said the AAP government not only worked on mega infrastructure projects but also built roads, sewage lines and provided other facilities in unauthorised colonies to reach out to the ordinary people. Asked if more projects were in the offing before the end of his government's tenure, Kejriwal said, "Yes, a few more such projects will come up soon."

The Chief Minister said the RTR Flyover was the 23rd flyover to be built by his government in the last four-and-a-half years. The newly-built flyover branches out of Munirka Flyover and ends before Army Research and Referral Hospital near Subroto Park close to National Highway-8.

The construction of this elevated corridor started in November 2014. It was to be completed by November 2016, but missed several deadlines.

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