Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday assured residents of Vasant Kunj that the widening of a road in the south Delhi colony would not lead to loss of green cover, damage to boundaries and hindrance in pedestrian mobility.
In a three-part series this month, HT had said government agencies were widening the 3.5-km Andheria Mod-Mahipalpur stretch by demolishing boundaries and felling trees illegally.
After HT highlighted that a 75-metre-wide road (current width is 17.2 metres) for high-speed traffic through a densely-populated colony would disturb normal life, the CM and top government officials decided at a meeting that the width of the central verge (divider) would be reduced from 10 metres to 3 metres.
Saying the road width would not hamper movement of ambulances and fire tenders, Dikshit also promised escalators, underpasses and foot bridges for pedestrians. She said the government would repair demolished boundaries, undertake greening before every monsoon and plant 10 saplings for every tree felled.
The CM ruled out a BRT corridor, which was being talked about, but said a Metro line would bring greater connectivity. She also said the agencies would remain in touch with residents and consider their suggestions.
On completion, this would be the Capital’s widest road.