With an eye on the coming assembly elections, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit has instructed the Public Works Department (PWD) to complete bulk of the maintenance work by June on roads taken over from the unified MCD.
“We had taken over 800km of roads from the unified MCD. Out of that, around 520km of roads need to be repaired. We have issued tenders for all of them and work is in progress at various locations,” said a senior official from the Public Works Department (PWD).
A total of Rs.2,000 crore has been earmarked for the project.
PWD officials claimed that some construction companies will themselves do the maintenance work for a period of three years.
“We have already started the work and most of the work will be done in this summer itself. We have made the construction companies also responsible for the maintenance work to ensure greater efficiency,” said Raj Kumar Chauhan, PWD minister.
Of the 27,000km road network the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) maintained, about 10% were arterial roads of 60-feet or more.
The Delhi Cabinet had decided to take over these roads in December last year. The decision was taken with a view to improve the condition of the roads.
The PWD has also decided to install signages and streetlights on all the stretches being repaired. “We have even deployed pothole filling machines at several places to ensure small potholes are filled up more efficiently,” added the official.