PWD to spend Rs 4000 crore on various CW Games related projects

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New Delhi, Sep 9 (UNI) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said that commissioning of 100 flyovers, a 272 km Metro Line and 10,000 low-floor buses in the DTC fleet before the commencement of Commonwealth Games would change the scenario of Public Transport System in the Capital.

A total of Rs 4000 crore would be spent by the PWD on projects relating to Commonwealth Games, which would include installing streetlights with international standard and repairing PWD roads well before Diwali, Ms Dikshit said after laying foundation stone of a Grade Separator at Apsara Border, Flyover on Road No 56 at Junction of Road No 56-57 near Anand Vihar ISBT and Upgradation of Street Lights on PWD Road of Delhi through video conferencing at the Delhi Secretariat.

Speaking at the function, where PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan, East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit, number of MLAs, Secretary (PWD), E-in-C (PWD) and senior officers of the Delhi government were present, Ms Dikshit said her government would deploy around 10,000 new buses including modern low-floor buses within two years to completely bring a comfortable change in the transport scenario before commencement of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

About 20 per cent buses would be air-conditioned, which would provide comfortable intra-city journey and discourage residents from bringing their cars on road.

The Chief Minister exhorted all stakeholder Departments and agencies to have effective coordination for the commissioning of infrastructure for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. She further directed them to work in tandem and ensure completion of projects well within the stipulated period.

Ms Dikshit said a scheme has been prepared for upgrading streetlights on the PWD roads of Delhi. The scheme proposes street light illumination level of international standards with a cost of Rs 198 crore. Imported fittings are being provided for this purpose on category 'A' roads.

Speaking on the occasion, PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan said that the PWD has been executing the works, both of construction and maintenance nature, all over Delhi. Latest and innovative techniques are being adopted by the Department for the execution of various projects. Recently, Base Isolation technique has been used for foundation of the hospital buildings.

Keeping in view the Commonwealth Games 2010, the PWD is executing construction of stadias, sports facilities, flyovers for smooth movement of traffic and various other infrastructural projects.

Special attention is being given to monitor the progress of the other works. All the works are slated to complete by June 2010.

The grade separators at Apsara border and near Anand Vihar ISBT are being constructed to provide free flow of traffic and ensure relief to those commuters who are forced to face heavy traffic jams.

Both these grade separators would be commissioned within two years. The new infrastructure would also provide free flow of traffic for Yamuna Sports Complex, which is one of the venues of the Commonwealth events. Besides saving fuel and travel time, it would also bring East Delhi at par with other much-developed localities in South and New Delhi.

The grade separator at the Apsara Border would cost around Rs 226.47 crore whereas another grade separator at T-junction Road No 56-57 near Anand Vihar ISBT would cost around Rs 123.44 crore.

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