With one-fourth of the total budget allocation kept for construction of new roads, flyovers, bridges and extending the metro, the city's transport sector continues to enjoy prime position. Of the R13,600-crore planned outlay, R3,348 crore has been set aside for transport infrastructure.
Despite being criticised for messing up Delhi's first BRT corridor, the Government has decided to go ahead with the construction of 14 new BRT corridors-now called integrated transport corridors.
The corridors are spread across the city and through some densely populated areas. Though these corridors-spanning about 230km-are likely to cost more than R4,000 crore, only R450 crore has been allocated to the project.
The government is also planning to take up two ambitious road projects-the east-west corridor (from Akshardham to Punjabi Bagh) and Signature Bridge at Wazirabad. Both the projects have been on drawing board for more than five years and have courted several controversies.
Though one can thank the CWG for getting several flyovers, roads, underpasses constructed and making several crossings signals-free, the government has decided to continue this trend of making long stretches of congested roads signal free.
"The 20-km stretch from Vikaspuri to Wazirabad will have six flyovers and underpasses. The project has already got the necessary approvals. With necessary funds having been allocated, the project would take off soon," a senior Delhi government official said.
Chief minister Sheila Dikshit in her budget speech has also announced the extension of Barapulah elevated road from Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium to INA Market. The extension, said officials, would benefit a large number of motorists that travel between east Delhi and south Delhi. Officials said the government is likely to announce the extension of this road on the eastern side across the Yamuna in the next budget.