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116 roads that lead nowhere

delhi Updated: Sep 28, 2011 10:41 IST
Neelam Pandey

If you thought you were a lone ranger on patchworks masquerading as roads, you have company. To be more specific, you have such 116 roads for company in the Capital of the nation.

After being ignored for years, these roads were hoping to get a facelift this year. But the ambitious scheme of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to re-carpet 116-odd roads in the city has hit a roadblock.

The finance department of the civic agency claims the MCD cannot get a loan sanctioned (for the purpose) without permission from the Central government.

These 116 roads have deteriorated significantly over time, making it difficult for vehicles to ply. In all, these roads cover 2452square kilometres.

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Earlier, the civic agency had planned to get a loan sanctioned to fund this scheme. It has then pinned its hopes on funds it had been receiving each year from the Delhi government. However, the Delhi government has now done away with the Rs 120 crore grant it had been doling out to MCD.

"The MCD commissioner is trying to get funds from the Centre. Though we had given anticipatory approval to the project to fast-track it, it's yet to take off," said Rajni Abbi, Delhi mayor.

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The civic agency needs Rs 687 crore to recarpet all the 116 stretches. But even the Rs 215 crore it has in its kitty (collected from service utilities and councillors) cannot be used to construct these roads, claims the civic agency.

"The councillor gets only Rs 50 lakh, that can be used to construct only colony roads. The ones that are in the list of 116 are main roads. We will need at least Rs 1cr to construct one road," said Jagdish Mamgain, chairman, MCD Works Committee.

Worryingly, Delhi roads appear all set to reach a cul-de-sac.

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