New Delhi, Oct 22: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced that all the roads of Delhi will be entirely redesigned as per international standards.
Addressing a press conference here, Mr Kejriwal announced redesigning of 9 stretches of roads in Delhi to combat the problem of traffic congestion and bottleneck roads in the city.
The Chief Minister said, "All the roads of Delhi will be entirely redesigned as per international standards. We have been trying to do this for a few years now, and our hard work has paid off. Nine road stretches of 45 km will be redesigned on a pilot basis. Work orders for one road have been given today, and work orders for two roads will be given tomorrow. The work orders for the remaining roads will be given in the month of November. We hope to improve the condition of the roads and tackle the problem of traffic congestion by redesigning the roads within a year. The cost of redesigning these nine stretches will be Rs 400 crore."
The Chief Minister said if the pilot project of redesigning these nine stretches is successful, then all the other roads under the jurisdiction of PWD will be redesigned along the same lines.
Kejriwal said people face issues because there are bottlenecks on roads which create traffic congestion at various locations in the city.
"There is heavy traffic congestion on the bottleneck roads of the city. The wide roads in Delhi significantly turn into a narrow lane after a few miles, and then back into a wide road after a few miles, which create a bottleneck situation and heavy traffic at some particular locations. Our priority will be removing those bottlenecks first, for a smooth flow of traffic and an organised lane system. Our second work would be to increase the efficiency of the existing space of roads in the city so that they are best utilised."
There will be measured and planned spaces for vehicles, non-motorised vehicles, footpaths, and side-lanes. The footpaths will be widely mapped to an average of 10 ft for the convenience of peddlers. These footpaths will be redesigned and reconstructed as per a standard height for the convenience of physically challenged.
Rainwater harvesting structures will be built inside the drainage systems.
Nine road stretches to be redesigned are Wazirpur Depot to Rithala Metro Station; Britania Chowk to Outer Ring Road West Enclave Pitampura; Shivdhapuri Marg and Patel Road; Vikas Marg, Lakshmi Nagar to Kadkadi Mod;
Nirman Road Mother Dairy to Panchmahal; Ring Road, Mayapuri to Motibagh Junction; Ring Road, AIIMS to Ashram; Ambedkar Nagar to Defence Colony Flyover and Outer Road, Nigam Bodhi Ghat to Magazine Road Crossing
The work order of the Ashram from Ring Road to AIIMS was issued on Monday.
The order for construction of Panchmahal from Vikas Marg, Kadakdi Diversion and Nirmana Road Mother Dairy from Lakshmi Nagar was issued on Tuesday.
The work order for another six roads will be issued by November 15. Construction of all roads will be completed in a year. (UNI)