Delhi Public Works Development Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan on Sunday said the city would soon have a network of smoother and improved roads as the government was committed to uniform development in rural and urban areas.

He was speaking on the occasion of inauguration of relaying and strengthening work of 98 roads transferred to the Delhi Government from the municipal corporations. The work will be carried out at an estimated cost of Rs. 531 crore.

Mr. Chauhan said Delhi Government had decided to take over roads that were more than 60 feet wide from the municipal bodies and 674 such roads with the total length of 800 km have already been transferred to the PWD. “The condition of these roads was so bad that some of them were not even motorable. We started the strengthening work of 107 of these roads in the first phase in October,” he added.

“We had carried out the patch repair and pot-hole repair work on these roads as a short-term measure before the monsoon set in and later got these roads examined by experts from the IIT Roorkee and the Delhi Technology University to work out the requirement for improving and strengthening them in a scientific manner. It includes improving the central verge, pavements and street-lights and horticulture work. As per the site requirements, both bituminous and concrete roads are being constructed,” said Mr. Chauhan.

He further said that the PWD had prepared a plan to make the Outer Ring Road signal-free from Vikaspuri to Noida via Wazirabad and construct over a dozen flyovers. The work had been approved and bidding process initiated, said Mr. Chauhan.

Local MP Sandeep Dikshit said that better network of roads would usher in an era of prosperity and development in the rural areas.

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