Converting National Highway-24 into a 16-lane road, constructing 74 flyovers on the Delhi-Jaipur highway and running a hovercraft between Agra and Delhi within two years — Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday promised all this and much more to end Delhi’s traffic woes.
Gadkari said the BJP government had given special priority to the development of the Capital.
Since the BJP is not coming out with a manifesto, these initiatives will be part of the party’s vision document that is likely to be released on Tuesday. “We have made special laws for e-rickshaws. Traffic jams are another major problem of Delhi. The traffic research road organisation of the Central government has been asked to study the traffic situation in Delhi and they have been given Rs. 10 crore for it. Travelling from Delhi to Meerut, Jaipur will be made easier,” said road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari.
Gadkari said that the road from Delhi to Dasna, which is part of NH-24, will be increased to 16 lanes and the part from Dasna to Meerut will be six lanes. Gadkari also talked about pollution in the Yamuna. “DDA is responsible for the riverside development. Our department has made a plan in which people can go to Agra from Delhi through hovercraft,” he said. Talking about improvement of bus depots and bus shelters, he said bus terminals like the airport will be built and they are considering the PPP model for it.
Like other ministers and PM Narendra Modi, Gadkari said there would be speedy development if there is a BJP government in Delhi.
“We are considering running buses on bio-gas that can be generated through waste of the Azadpur sabzi mandi. This is a step towards making Delhi pollution- free. If anyone can develop Delhi, it is BJP,” he added.
Talking about BJP’s vision document for Delhi, Gadkari said “Whatever I have told you is part of the vision document. This is the vision on infrastructure and pollution-free Delhi.”