The Commonwealth Games gave Delhi what it could not get in almost 25 years after the Asian Games in 1982.
The run up to the 2010 games saw agencies coming together and building about 20 new roads and flyovers that not only catered to the specific demand of the Commonwealth Games but also helped cut down on travelling time in various parts of the city.
After a two year lull, the government is now taking road infrastructure to another level. While Commonwealth Games saw several flyovers in south and east Delhi, where athletes and dignitaries moved during the games, senior PWD engineers said efforts are being made to improve infrastructure in other parts of the city.
"Several projects are now coming up in west, northwest and north Delhi. The project to make 17-km stretch outer ring road between Vikaspuri and Wazirabad is one such project," said a senior PWD engineer.
Construction of an elevated road over the Najafgarh drain to connect the western most part of Delhi to Delhi University in north is another such project.
"West Delhi is heavily congested. Three Metro lines - Dwarka, Mundka and Rithala - have helped reduce vehicular traffic to an extent. We need to improve road capacity," a senior PWD engineer said.
The success of the Barapullah elevated road, which reduced travelling time between east and south Delhi by almost half, is all set to be extended.
The infrastructure is being improved but maintenance still poses the biggest challenge. "We are making maintenance of projects a part of the contract. A separate team of engineers has been created to keep an eye on all new assets."