The Delhi Government’s Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) on Friday cleared nine proposals amounting to Rs.350 crore, many of which are related to the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

The proposals, of which five relate to the Public Works Department, two to the Urban Development Department and one each to the Transport Department and the Directorate of Training and Technical Education, were approved at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Following the meeting, Ms. Dikshit said four new Delhi Transport Corporation bus depots would be constructed at Malikpur, Daurala, Bakkarwala and Dichaun Kalan-II and they will have a capacity for 710 buses. The need for these depots was felt as more buses are being purchased by the DTC to augment its city transport fleet ahead of the Commonwealth Games. The depots would be constructed within nine months at a cost of Rs.114.40 crore.

The Chief Minister said in view of the Games, the EFC has also sanctioned Rs.10.88 crore for improvement works on Municipal Corporation of Delhi roads and Rs.61 crore for upgrading of street- lighting works on roads under the civic body. The street-lighting works would be taken up on 50 roads over a total length of 157 km.

The MCD would also execute improvement and strengthening of Pusa Road from Dayal Chowk to Siddhartha Hotel; Shankar Road from Upper Ridge Road to Pusa Road; and on Vande Mataram Marg from Dhaula Kuan to Dayal Chowk.

Similarly, a sum of Rs.64 crore has been sanctioned for five projects of the PWD and all these works would be completed within seven to eight months. The projects include improvement of central verge along 80 km of road length in Delhi; strengthening of Road No.17 Nelson Mandela Marg from T-point Mehrauli to Mahipalpur Road; Mathura Road from Bhogal rail over-bridge to Neela Gumbad; and improvement and upgrading of Mehrauli-Badarpur Road.

Improvement and upgrading of Mehrauli-Badarpur Road would provide smooth flow of traffic up to Karni Singh Shooting Range, which is one of the venues for the Games. This project would cost Rs.9.67 crore.

The Chief Minister also informed that a new campus for Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) would be set up in Okhla Phase-III. At present IIIT-Delhi is functioning from its transit camp office in Dwarka. The new campus would be constructed at a cost of Rs.99.99 crore within 18 months.

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