The Delhi Government on Friday started work on reconstruction of Walled City roads with Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit initiating work on six roads under the Ballimaran constituency at Qutab Road. “Commuting on roads in the Walled City specially roads like Qutab Road and nearby roads has become impossible. Large portions of these roads are not visible and huge potholes have made driving tedious and painful,” she said.
Ms. Dikshit said the reconstruction of roads which spans a combined length of six kilometre will be completed within four months at an estimated cost of Rs.14 crore. “The roads would look as per international standards,” she said.
Public Works Department Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan said the civic bodies have brought a bad name to Delhi due to deteriorating MCD roads. The Government decided to transfer 647 roads with width of 60 feet and above in order to give them a better shape, he said. The combined length of these roads comes to 802 km.
“After re-constructing rural roads with Rs.1,800 crore, it is time to take care of roads within the Walled City. The PWD would re-construct these roads to make the city life comfortable,” said Mr. Chauhan.
Ms. Dikshit also said with a record of 75 lakh vehicles plying on Delhi roads, the Government has curtailed pollution levels. She also stated that one can notice non-polluting e-rickshaws plying on the roads. “The Government is keen to regulate these rickshaws in order to provide risk-free ride to people,” she said, adding her government will soon formulate a policy on this.