Surprisingly, the poor condition of roads is the second most important electoral issue this time.
An extended monsoon took a heavy toll on Delhi’s arterial as well as internal roads this year. “The problem was exacerbated by the ongoing construction activity and poor drainage,” said KK Kapila, Vice-chairman, International Road Federation.
Social activist Arvind Kejriwal accepted that the condition of roads had been an important issue during campaigning. “Poor roads had been a problem in Delhi but how much of it actually translates into votes will have to be seen,” said Kejriwal.
Delhi has a total road network of about 800 km, of which about 415 km is maintained by Public Works Department (PWD), which does not have a separate budget for maintenance of roads.
PWD sources say, of the annual maintenance budget of about Rs 85 crore, just about Rs 5 crore is spent on roads. Municipal Corporation of Delhi, on the other hand, maintains about 30,0000-km lane length of roads with Rs 45 crore.