8,000 new buses on Delhi roads planned

Staff Reporter

Public Works Department has also prepared an action plan to install 20,000 modern lights

Induction of world-class buses will enable the government to phase out Bluelines: Sheila

A number of flyovers, road over-bridges and Foot Over Bridges are in the pipeline in East Delhi

NEW DELHI: Nearly 8,000 new buses would be introduced in Delhi before 2010 to make the public transport system more efficient, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit declared on Saturday while laying the foundation of a grade separator near Shyam Lal College in East Delhi.

Stating that the induction of these world-class buses would enable the city government to phase out the Blueline buses, the Chief Minister hoped that this move would change the scenario of road traffic and provide safe and comfortable journey to the passengers.

As for the grade separator project, Ms. Dikshit said it would make the crowded Shyam Lal College intersection signal-free.

While decongesting the area, the Chief Minister said, the grade separator would also result in saving fuel and time and lead to a reduction in accidents.

The fly-over along Grand Trunk Road at Shyam Lal College would ensure uninterrupted movement of straight moving traffic from ISBT Kashmere Gate to U.P. Border.

On the other hand, an underpass joining Road No.57 and 65 would ensure free movement of traffic on these two roads.

As part of the project, a U-turn underpass across Road No.57 would also be constructed to provide for a free right turn for slow moving vehicles coming in from Bihari Colony. Then a rotary at surface level would allow a free right turn whereas three foot over bridges with escalators would ensure safe movement of pedestrians across the roads.

The Chief Minister said a number of projects relating to flyovers, road over-bridges and Foot Over Bridges are in the pipeline in East Delhi. “The Government is trying to develop East Delhi on the lines of New Delhi and South Delhi,” she added, claiming that the pace of development had been stepped up to keep up with the demands of the Capital’s ever increasing population.

Stating that work on the Signature Bridge at Wazirabad is being undertaken, she announced that the Geeta Colony flyover would become operational this December.

Public Works Department Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan declared that work on a tunnel road between Yamna Pushta and Kailash Colony would start soon.

Also, an action plan has been prepared for illuminating PWD roads at a cost of Rs.175 crore.

As part of the project, 20,000 modern lights would be installed on more than 10,000 poles.

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