Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday announced that 673 roads transferred from the civic body will be strengthened by her government at an estimated cost of Rs.1,800 crore.

Inaugurating a road at Jalebi Chowk in Sultanpuri here, the Chief Minister said these roads will be repaired and made motorable.

Asserting that the State Government was committed to providing a smooth transport system in the city, Ms. Dikshit said: “As Delhi is one of the most populous cities of the world, major roads are choking due to high density of traffic. There is a constant need for developing a better road network system and upgrading existing ones to cater to the ever-increasing traffic. The Delhi Metro has been catering to two million passengers daily. With the coming up of monorail, the scenario will change as it will supplement the existing metro, which is being expanded by another 140 km under Phase-III.”

Ms. Dikshit said the traffic situation in Delhi had eased substantially with the coming up of 75 flyovers. “The situation is bound to further ease with the commissioning of the Signature Bridge over the Yamuna in the next few months. The extension of existing Barapulla elevated road will soon begin.”

Ms. Dikshit said the cost of the total project at Jalebi Chowk was Rs.12.33 crore. It will include strengthening and improvement of footpaths, providing signages and upgradation of street lightings on the road from Nangloi railway crossing to Sultanpuri.