Underpass at Sarita Vihar

September 5, 2013

Hindustan Times (Delhi)
(The underpass will connect Okhla Industrial Area with Kalindi Kunj on the Noida side.)


There is good news for the commuters travelling between Sarita Vihar, Kalindi Kunj and Okhla. The much awaited and one of the longest underpasses will soon be made operational here. It will reduce the distance between Sarita Vihar and Okhla. From nine km it will be reduced to one km. The construction of the underpass at Sarita Vihar within the railway boundary is being executed by the Northern Railway on behalf of the Delhi Development Authority. This underpass will connect Okhla Industrial Area with Kalindi Kunj on the Noida side.

“I will benefit a lot as I live in Block J, Sarita Vihar, and my office is in Okhla Industrial Area Phase-4,” says Paramjeet Kaur Juneja, a resident of Sarita Vihar. This is probably the largest underpass being constructed by the advance technique of box pushing. The segments are precast over a horizontal RCC thrust bed, adjacent to the railway embankment. The boxes are then pushed into the embankment one after another with the help of hydraulic force created by jacks. The force of the jacks is transmitted to precast segment and thus it moves forward. There is uninterrupted train movement during the construction. The underpass is being made under the Delhi-Mumbai rail route, one of the busiest in India. About 300 trains pass on this rail section every day.

The underpass is being built on the two-four box pattern. It will have eight lanes for vehicular movement and one lane for the pedestrians and cyclists. Adds Bimal Jairaj, another resident of Block H, Sarita Vihar, “There is a designated space for pedestrians and cyclists on this underpass. Usually, these two categories are left to fend for themselves since there is no provision for them in the design plan.” “Once the underpass is functional, it will reduce the travelling time. The railway track has been continuously monitored and uninterrupted train movement at controlled speed was ensured during the construction phase. The underpass is likely to be functional in the next six months,” says Neeraj Sharma, chief public relations officer, Northern Railway.


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  1. Sanjay Kauldhar on November 5th, 2014 12:47 pm

    So finally what is the deadline when the underpass will be ready for use? The actual completion date is being delayed since 2011.

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