Road infrastructure and public transport will continue to be the thrust areas in the new fiscal. The government has kept aside nearly one-fourth of its total planned outlay — Rs. 3,876 crore — for building roads, flyovers, metro, monorail and buying buses, announced last year.
The transport department has been getting the largest share in Delhi’s budget for few years. This time, instead of announcing new projects, the government will spend on completing projects it started the previous year, which are worth more than Rs. 5,000 crore.
“In the last budget, I informed that a 20-km corridor on Outer Ring Road from Vikaspuri to Wazirabad will be made signal-free through elevated roads and flyovers. The work from Vikaspuri to Meera Bagh has already commenced with an elevated road of about 3.5 km length being built at a cost of Rs. 550 crore. The work on the remaining part will start shortly,” chief minister Sheila Dikshit said in her budget speech.The extension of the Bara-pullah elevated road to AIIMS, widening of the Najafgarh Road and maintenance of the 800-km road network — which the PWD took over from the MCD — are other major projects.
About the monorail project, Dikshit said, “The DMRC will implement the project. It will primarily act as a feeder to the Metro in Trans Yamuna Area.”
To improve public bus service, the government will purchase 1,725 new buses — 625 low-floor and 1,100 semi-low floor. While the newly renovated inter-state bus terminus at Kashmere Gate is yet to be inaugurated, the government will take up the renovation of two more ISBTs at Anand Vihar and Sarai Kale Khan.
Dikshit also re-announced the transport department’s proposal to start radio autos on the lines of radio taxis.