Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Pragati Maidan tunnel and five underpasses. Along with this, the Pragati Maidan tunnel and five underpasses have been opened for the movement of people. With this, the national capital Delhi will get relief from the jam.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor on 19th June. Today, after a long wait, the Pragati Maidan tunnel and 5 underpasses have been opened to the public. Pragati Maidan Main Tunnel is 1.6 km long. This is the first tunnel in Delhi, through which India Gate and other areas of Central Delhi are connected to East Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad.
After the inauguration, Modi said that 'today Delhi has received a very beautiful gift of modern infrastructure from the Central Government.' However, he said in a sarcastic tone that 'if you do such things, there are no less people knocking on the doors of the Judiciary.' The PM said that 'decades ago, Pragati Maidan was built to showcase India's progress, the potential of Indians, India's products, our culture. Since then India has changed, India's capability has changed, needs have increased manifold, but Pragati Maidan has not progressed much. Praising the metro network, the PM said that due to the growing metro network in Delhi-NCR, thousands of vehicles are now running less on the roads. This has also helped a lot in reducing pollution. Eastern and Western peripherals have also helped Delhi.
The Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor project has been built at a cost of Rs 923 crore. The central government has given all the funds to make it. This tunnel will provide signal-free access to India Gate, Supreme Court, Mathura Road to motorists traveling from Noida, Ghaziabad and East Delhi areas.
About 100 CCTV cameras will be installed inside the Pragati Maidan tunnel, through which the traffic will be closely monitored. This tunnel and 5 new underpasses will ease the movement of traffic in the ITO area. Along with this, connectivity to the redeveloped Pragati Maidan will also improve. The corridor starts near the National Sports Complex of India (NSCI) on Purana Quila Road and passes under the redeveloped Pragati Maidan and ends at Ring Road near Pragati Power Station.