NEW DELHI

12 more flyovers to be ready by year end

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: All the dilapidated Delhi Government buildings in the heart of the city would be rebuilt into multi-storey structures and all street sign boards put up by all civic agencies would be made and coloured in a uniform pattern ahead of the Commonwealth Games in 2010.

Time schedule

Issuing directions to the effect at a review meeting of the Public Works Department over the weekend, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit also directed the department to adhere to the time schedule for various infrastructure projects. She also informed that about a dozen flyovers would be completed and operationalised by the end of 2008.

At the meeting, the officials informed that work on the Delhi Government offices at Metcalfe House would also be completed in 2009. At this, Ms. Dikshit said since the various Delhi Government offices are situated in prime locations such as Connaught Place, Karol Bagh, Delhi Gate and Kasturba Gandhi Marg, a plan should be drawn to construct proper high rise buildings in place of old buildings that exist at present ahead of the Commonwealth Games. As for the Commonwealth Games related projects, it was informed that the Tyagraj Stadium would be ready by September 2009.

Street-lighting

The Chief Minister also stressed the need for expediting improvement of street-lighting. She said of the 440 km of roads targeted for improvement, work on 300 km has been awarded and is scheduled to be completed by June 2008. Ms. Dikshit also directed the officials to undertake road maintenance and up-gradation in a big way and to keep their central verges.

The meeting was also informed that 42 foot-over bridges would be built in Delhi and 12 of them would have escalators. The Chief Minister also suggested an underpass or alternative project for decongesting Ashram Chowk.

As for the flyover due to be completed by 2008 end, the officials said these would include the Geeta Colony flyover, Mukarba Chowk flyover, Mangolpuri grade separator and Behra Enclave flyover.

Besides, Naraina flyover that had run into some problem with the Defence authorities will now be completed by March 2009. The land acquisition problem of Nangloi flyover has also been resolved and work on it will start soon.

Clearance

Likewise, the clearance of Railways has been obtained for the Mandoli Road flyover near Wazirabad and work on it would now begin soon.

At Azadpur, since about 70 shops need to be relocated for facilitating the flyover project, Ms. Dikshit stressed the need for giving them alternate land so that their livelihood was not affected.

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