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Private contractors to lay 116 new roads

Having drawn flak for badly maintained roads across the city, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has decided to outsource the job of construction to a private firm.

delhi Updated: Jun 16, 2011 00:09 IST
HT Correspondent

Having drawn flak for badly maintained roads across the city, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has decided to outsource the job of construction to a private firm.

The civic body plans to lay 116 new roads in the Capital and has earmarked a budget of Rs1,000 crore for it.

"Under the scheme, we have also made such a provision that we will neither have to pay money immediately nor spend a single rupee on its maintenance. We have already chalked out a plan under which roads worth Rs832 crore will be constructed once the monsoon season is over," said Yogender Chandolia, chairman of the Standing Committee of the MCD.

New roads will come up across the city in all MCD zones. Officials claimed that under this scheme the life span of its roads will also increase to as many as 25 years.

Using ready mix cement and paver machines for building concrete roads 10-12 inches thick, the proposed Rs1,000 crore scheme envisages good quality and longer life for city's arteries.

A team of civic body visited Nagpur where similar roads have already been built.

"The most important feature of this scheme is that the contractor will not get money immediately. The installments start only after five years," added Chandolia. The cost works out to be almost Rs1 crore per kilometre.

Also, to ensure that there is no tearing of the built road again and again, there would be utility ducts on the sides. The new road-building technology would be used for all arterial roads and also for roads in rural areas.