Eastern Peripheral Expressway provides much relief in curbing pollution levels and traffic congestion in Delhi, however, there are some issues attached that needs to be tackled as expressed by Anjula Negi, Director, School of Infrastructure.
Eastern Peripheral (EP) road is yet another ring around Delhi created with a vision to bypass through traffic away from Delhi. A welcome move to decongest Delhi’s traffic and allied pollution.
Few points to ponder are that it is not an access controlled road at the moment, and pedestrians hailing from nearby areas/villages are crossing over and walking on the road. This can lead to severe fatalities given the high speed.
Speed control is another aspect that may need to be initially controlled as Indian roads users are neither disciplined nor used to handle expressway operating speeds of 100 kmph or above.
Lastly, EP expressway is a 14 lane road, while the junctions have been well designed to distribute traffic to the city areas, the city roads are inadequate to take the load from a 14 lane road to a 4 lane road. This may create a bottleneck situation and result in greater traffic conflict points. An example to point is the entry at the city of Ghaziabad, the Delhi-Meerut road beyond Raj Nagar extension, which may be the recipient of heavy traffic load and is already under stress with its existing traffic. The authorities may together need to align this with traffic management and design measures for streamlined traffic movement.
About the author:
Ms. Anjula Negi is the Director, Research and Consultancy, RICS SBE. Her dedicated infrastructure sector experience spans around 20 years and expertise for over thirteen years in the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) arena. She has worked previously with the Department of Economics Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, Government of India, as a PPP Expert on deputation from the Asian Development Bank. She is an alumni of the prestigious School of Planning & Architecture, Delhi with specialization in Transport Planning. She has been a committee member of Indian Road Congress (IRC) for preparation of technical Manual. In the year 2010, she has been a Chevening Gurukul Scholar for Leadership and Excellence at LSE, London, as selected by the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.