However, the deadline may be extended if the ongoing extreme cold conditions don't abate soon, they added.
The officials explained that though more than 95% work on the project has been completed, they are yet to fix the road surface in the tunnel since the cold weather is not conducive for the use of bituminous construction material, which is a key ingredient in laying coaltar-asphalt roads.
The tunnel road and six underpasses — five on Mathura Road and one on Ring Road will decongest the roads around Pragati Maidan, which is being redeveloped. The tunnel road goes beneath Pragati Maidan, starting near National Sports Club of India on Purana Qila Road and ends on the Ring Road near the Pragati power station.
The project is also expected to cut traffic jams for more than 100,000 commuters who use the key arterial roads. The Bhairon Marg section will also face less traffic congestion after the opening of this tunnel. Two of the five underpasses on Mathura Road are near Sundar Nagar, and three are between Pragati Maidan and the Supreme Court. The underpass on the Ring Road connects it with Bhairon Marg.
A senior government official said the work on the underpasses and the tunnel “is in very advanced stage".
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