Contractors will provide maintenance for five years

The Public Works Department of the Delhi Government has got estimates sanctioned for 60 road projects worth Rs.520 crore and of these works for 20 have also been awarded and are scheduled to begin next month.

PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan said on Friday that the Department had got 674 roads of over 60 feet width from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and has drawn up plans for completely redeveloping them by end of March 2014.

The Minister said the total length of these roads is 802 km and they have been divided into 171 clusters for the purpose of redevelopment. “The total cost of their redevelopment would work out to Rs.1887.96 crore.’’

The contractors would also be required to provide maintenance for five years under the contract but there would be a separate payment for this head. In the first phase, the estimates for 60 projects worth Rs.520 crore have been sanctioned.

The roads on which work would begin soon include some prominent names like Pankha Road, Patel Road (up to Shadipur), New Rohtak Road, the road from Anand Parbat to Faiz Road and Rama Road (near Zakhira).

Mr. Chauhan said as part of the redevelopment, dense carpeting of the roads would be done; new streetlights would be installed, sidewalks and central verge would be strengthened; greenery would be provided wherever possible and signages would be installed. Apart from this, the drainage system on the sides would also be strengthened.

The Minister said this year for the first time, PWD had also taken up the work of clearing the drains on roads taken from the MCD. “We incurred an expenditure of Rs.11.95 crore on this job.’’

Similarly, he said, the PWD had also undertaken road patchwork on its own roads as also the ones which had been transferred from the MCD and an expenditure of Rs.18.35 crore was incurred on this head.

For the maintenance of the roads, Mr. Chauhan said the PWD has also deployed 68 maintenance vans which had come quite handy in tackling water-logging during the rainy season.

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