EFC clears three projects worth Rs 669 crore

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New Delhi, Mar 7 (UNI) The Expenditure Finance Committee of the Delhi Government today cleared three proposals amounting to Rs 669 crore, including a project, aimed at easing traffic congestion between Hanuman Mandir and I P Depot on the ring road.

The proposals were cleared in an EFC meeting presided over by Delhi Finance Minister A K Walia.

Briefing mediapersons after the meeting, Dr Walia said the proposals cleared include a Ring Road By-Pass from Salimgarh Fort to Velodrome Road, to cost Rs 654.39 crore and to be constructed within 30 months from the date of award of work.

The project, which has already been cleared by the High Powered Samadhi Committee, Ministry of Urban Development, DUAC, Yamuna Samiti, Yamuna-Removal of Encroachment Monitoring Committee, DDA Technical Committee and Traffic Police and the Security Police, would provide an alternative route on Ring Road and ease congestion of traffic between Hanuman Mandir and I P Depot.

This would also facilitate smooth traffic of VVIPs and foreign dignitaries upto Raj Ghat where they visit to pay homage to Father of the Nation during their visit to the capital city. The new route would also provide relief to security personnel and common commuters and vehicular traffic who are generally faced with heavy traffic jam because of traffic restrictions on visits of VVIPs and foreign dignitaries.

The EFC has also authorised the PWD to ensure possession of land belonging to the MCD, DDA, Railway, Delhi Police and I and FC Department within six months to facilitate construction of project at the earliest.

Dr Walia has exhorted all departments concerned to render all possible assistance in execution of the project.

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