Staff Reporter

PWD working on new technology to make lasting roads

Strategy meant to overcome the problem of potholes and bumpy roads

High capacity and air-conditioned buses will make public transport more efficient

NEW DELHI: The Public Works Department is now working on use of a new technology for construction of roads to make them last longer and for low-cost maintenance, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit announced here on Friday. She was speaking at the inaugural session of the second Regional Conference on “Road Safety -- Design, Construction and Operations of Roads.”

Pointing out that the new technology would also help in overcoming the problem of potholes and bumpy roads, the Chief Minister said bitumen and plastic would be used for construction of roads under the new technology and this would facilitate use of waste plastic being collected by rag-pickers.

Expressing confidence that the condition of roads would improve soon, Ms. Dikshit said the Government was introducing high capacity and air-conditioned buses to make the public transport more efficient. Simultaneously, she said, the area around flyovers was being beautified so that they do not come across as eyesores.

Stating that introduction of Metro rail and high-capacity buses would encourage people to use less of private vehicles, the Chief Minister said emphasis was being laid on enhancing road safety through commissioning of foot-over bridges with escalators so that the interface between pedestrians and vehicles is reduced at spots where there is a heavy traffic flow.

BJP demand

Meanwhile, Delhi BJP president Harsh Vardhan has asked the Chief Minister to state when she would be able to provide a safe public transport system to the Capital.

Demanding announcement of a time-frame for this, he said travelling on the roads had become very perilous as the private bus operators not only drive rashly leading to fatal accidents, they have also taken to assaulting other motorists.

Also, he said, a recent incident in which a Blueline bus employee had tried to outrage the modesty of a woman passenger and then thrown her off the vehicle when she protested has caused a lot of concern and anxiety among commuters.

The BJP leader charged that the Delhi Government had not acted on its promise of introducing buses run by big cooperatives and corporate houses.