The Capital’s traffic condition and public transport would be overhauled ahead of the Commonwealth Games in the city next year, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said on Saturday.

Speaking at the inauguration of an underpass constructed by the Public Works Department at Jwala Heri-Bhera Enclave here, the Chief Minister said her government will construct more flyovers and underpasses to decongest traffic and add 2,500 new low-floors buses to the roads. The 500-metre-long underpass costing Rs.54.66 crore has been completed within two years.

Ms. Dikshit said the Transport Department had already placed orders for purchase of 2,500 low-floor buses. Highlighting her government’s initiatives in improving infrastructure, she said over 40 flyovers had been constructed in the past 10 years of Congress rule in Delhi compared with10 flyovers in the 1990s.

The Chief Minister said more than 24 flyovers, rail over-bridges, underpasses are under construction and an equal number of subways have already been completed. She added that twelve foot-over bridges with escalators are also being constructed.

PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan said the intersection at Jwala Heri-Bhera Enclave on Outer Ring Road No. 26 located at the southern end of the Peeragarhi Chowk flyover was one of the busiest junctions in Delhi. He said peak hour traffic at this intersection was more than 10,000 passengers cars per unit per hour.

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