Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor Project

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Recently, the PM of India inaugurated over? 920 crore Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor Project. It comprises a 1.3-km-long tunnel and five underpasses and was built over four years.

About Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor Project

  • The tunnel is equipped with the latest technologies such as a digital control room with the facility of a public announcement system.
  • The tunnel also has seven underground sumps which will collect and drain storm water automatically and prevent water logging.
  • Additionally, arrangements have been made for proper ventilation in the tunnel.
  • Specially designed German-made large exhaust fans have been installed for ventilation purposes.
  • The road tunnel and underpasses have been decorated with artwork showcasing the Indian culture, birds and six seasons in different parts of the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.
Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor Project


  • It will ensure hassle-free vehicular movement, helping save time and cost of commuters in a big way.
  • It will provide smooth access to the new world-class exhibition and convention centre being developed at Pragati Maidan to facilitate easy participation of exhibitors and visitors in the programmes being held there.

Features of the Corridor

  • The Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor is a 1.36-km-long tunnel.
  • It has six lanes, with a three-lane carriageway on both sides.
  • It connects Ring Road with India Gate via Purana Qila Road and Pragati Maidan.
  • It will provide direct connectivity to basement parking of Pragati Maidan.
  • The corridor is likely to provide a hassle-free commute for people travelling between East, Southeast and Central Delhi.

Control Room of the Tunnel

This tunnel will have two control rooms at the entry and exit for monitoring traffic through CCTVs. A five-meter wide and 80-metre-long emergency lane has also been constructed on underground stretch to tow away vehicle that breaks down.

Six Underpasses

The corridor will have six underpasses. Out of them, five are on the Mathura Road. It will create a signal-free stretch between Pragati Maidan and Sunder Nursery. Sixth underpass is on Ring Road which will go beneath the railway line and will connect to Bhairon Marg.


Work on tunnel and underpasses was started in 2017. It was estimated to be completed by 2019 but was delayed due to covid-19 pandemic and ban on construction activities in Delhi due to pollution.

Source: The Indian Express

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