The Public Works Department will come out with a master plan of roads serviced by it within a fortnight. The plan would take into consideration the condition of the roads, stretches where widening is required, roads under the Metro or where a high-capacity bus system is being planned, among others.
“We have a stretch of 378 km in Delhi and the plan will cover all the roads under our jurisdiction,” said PWD and Urban Development Minister A.K. Walia. He said the action plan and master plan would include figures on the stretches where drainage facility is required and the type of technology to be used for road engineering and construction.
The RCC technology (reinforced cement concrete) has been identified by the PWD as being suited to the needs of Delhi. PWD plans to use the technology intensely while constructing or relaying roads. The RCC technology uses iron roads, cement and concrete instead of bitumen, the traditional material used in roads. This ensures maintenance-free roads.
“Initially, we have chosen a 10-km stretch on the Mehrauli-Badarpur Road for testing the RCC technology. If the test is successful, the technology can be used in the other PWD roads of the city,” Walia added.
Two other technologies on offer are Polymer Modified Bitumen (PMB) and hot emulsion technology.