With an eye on the assembly elections, due in November this year, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of a new road project in west Delhi.
The 3.3-kilometre elevated road between Vikaspuri and Meera Bagh is a part of the public works department's 20-kilometre road project, which will turn the stretch of Outer Ring Road between Vikaspuri and Wazirabad signal-free.
Estimated to cost about Rs. 550 crore, the elevated road will make at least five road intersections between the two residential colonies signal-free.
Delhi Public Works Department (PWD) minister Rajkumar Chauhan said the PWD has divided the 20-km road project into different segments and the chief minister has laid the foundation for the first segment.
"We have already awarded the tender for the entire project and the construction will start very soon," Chauhan said.
He said the new elevated road will start just before the Anand T-Junction and will cross Manohar Nagar crossing, Keshopur crossing, Sabzi Mandi T-Junction and Meera Bagh T-Junction on Outer Ring Road. This road is expected to reduce congestion in areas such as Vikaspuri, Janakpuri, Jawalaheri, Paschim Vihar and Bhera Enclave.
"We have made provisions for pedestrian bridges, bus lanes and a separate track for cyclists. We will also develop a green belt and provision will be made to harvest rainwater," Chauhan said.
Addressing a small rally, chief minister Sheila Dikshit said her government has been making an effort to "provide a smooth transport system" in the Capital.
"Delhi is one of the most populous cities of the world and most arterial roads choke due to high density of traffic. There is a constant need in Delhi to develop a better road network system and upgrading the existing network to cater to the ever-increasing traffic. The new network of road will certainly ease traffic movement in this (west) part of the city," Dikshit said.