In a bid to beat the Election Commission’s model code of conduct, the Delhi government on Wednesday inaugurated a road, which is yet to be fully completed.
The notification for the MCD polls in the city can be made anytime now, forcing the Delhi government to go on an inauguration and foundation laying spree. The road on disused canal from Karkari crossing in east Delhi to marginal bund pushta road was inaugurated by PWD and Urban Development Minister A.K. Walia on Wednesday.
Soon after the inauguration, the local traffic police found that it was yet to be completed and would be hazardous for traffic. So even after the inauguration, the motorists could not ply on the road which has been billed as the alternative of Vikas Marg. The Minister said the initial glitches would be removed soon.
Built by the PWD on a canal which has now become disused, the 3 km long carriageway costs Rs 99. “This is a new concept in Delhi as we have built a road on a drain which was not being used,” said Walia. He said due to the ongoing construction of Metro on Vikas Marg, the road would relive the pressure and the motorists can use the alternative route to commute to central Delhi from east and north east Delhi.
“So far 80 percent construction work of has been completed. Once completed, it would have a separate lane for pedestrians and cyclists and a service lane,” the minister added.
The newly built road will pass through Shastri Nagar, East Laxmi Nagar, Bank Enclave, Gagan Vihar and Geeta Colony. Later on, the 100 feet wide road would also have a two-lane flyover that will connect it to the Geeta Colony bridge to make the road fully signal-free.
The work on this road was started in December 2004. Vikas Marg is a vital arterial road of East Delhi and one of the preferred route for trans-Yamuna area. While framing Master Plan 2001, it was decided, that the existing disused canal between Pushta Road to Karkari Mor may be converted into traffic corridor, and be developed as feeder to a new bridge over Yamuna near Geeta Colony. “We have completed what was enshrined in the Master Plan,” Walia said.