Roads in Delhi get Rs. 1,040cr facelift
The Public Works Department (PWD) of the national capital has secured a booster worth Rs 1,040cr for giving a complete facelift to the local roads. The network of about 674 roads, which is stretching across 800km PWD took over recently, was with the municipal corporations earlier and are currently in a shabby state of affairs. These roads will get proper streetlights, signage, pavements and drainage systems in the planned revamping exercise, claiming Raj Kumar Chauhan, the concerned minister. The government has allocated funds for many roads requiring urgent repairs and has also kept the documents ready for those yet to get financial sanctions. The department has already started the first phase involving repair work of 107 roads and within two months the results would be there for all to see.
In totality, PWD will get Rs 1,848cr for refurbishment of the roads, including maintenance costs for the next five years. Certain stretches on these roads have only two lanes and they will now be converted into four lanes with drains, streetlights and street furniture. About Rs 300cr has also been sanctioned for smaller stretches, including Rama Road and Patel Road which have been lying in a poor condition for almost 11 years. Another road with full of patches right from Ring Road leading to pocket 40 of CR Park as the arterial road with its uneven and potholed surface resembles a dirt track. Other south Delhi roads crying for repairs are the Bhatti mines road, Madanpur Khadar road on NH-2, and road 13A from Kalindi Kunj to Mathura road. Old Rohtak Road, Kalidas Marg and GTK Road in north Delhi; Rama Road, Pankha Road and New Rohtak Road on Zakhira flyover in west Delhi and Patparganj Road, Mother Dairy Road and the road from Bhajanpura Chowk to Karawal Nagar in east Delhi are in very bad shape to qualify as arterial roads and they are also heading for a major refurbishments.