Dwarka – Airport commute to get easier with new tunnel

More good news for Dwarka residents a week after the foundation stone for the Dwarka expressway was laid: a 4-km long tunnel is proposed to run parallel to the existing underground Delhi Airport metro line, from Terminal 3 to Dwarka Sector 21 Metro station.

The ₹5,000-crore project was practically shelved last year but the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is reviving the plan for the tunnel after having agreed to evaluate the feasibility of a new option suggested by the airport operator Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL).

The tunnel road will link Gurugram and Dwarka to the International Airport. The government invited bids on Friday for appointing a consultant for this project, proposing to complete the same in the next three years. 

The proposed plan seeks to construct a 4-kilometre long tunnel between Dwarka’s Sector 24 and the airport. This move will create a much-needed western road link to the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA).

Passengers travelling to the international airport from Gurugram will be able to take the Dwarka Expressway and then the tunnel road to reach the airport, bypassing the entire National Highway-8, where the intensity of traffic has increased significantly, leading to congestion.

“Currently, it takes nearly 40 minutes to reach the airport, especially during peak hours. It will take about 10 minutes to reach the airport from Dwarka once the tunnel is constructed,” said one NHAI official.

Along with this, there are other landmark infrastructure projects coming up in Dwarka such as the ₹25,703 crore convention center with a seating capacity of 10,000 people, a diplomatic enclave, Vegas mall, a new sports complex with stadiums of FIFA and ICC standards, and the India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management established by the Election Commission of India.

These projects prove that Dwarka is not just one of the fastest growing sub-cities in India, but also an area of high-profile and strategic importance.

By Abhijeet Pandey for DwarkaWala

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