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Plan to widen, strengthen

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New Delhi, Oct 25 (UNI) The Delhi government's Public Works Department has chalked out an ambitious action plan to make its roads match world-class standards within three years.

Delhi Urban Development and Public Works Department Minister A K Walia today disclosed details of the action plan, seeking an expenditure of Rs 1,432 crore, which would be implemented in a time-bound manner.

The plan included widening, strengthening, resurfacing and street-lighting of PWD roads apart from comprehensive beautification, public utilities and signages on Commonwealth Games Route Roads.

As much as 1343-km lane length of PWD Roads would be taken up for strengthening and resurfacing at an estimated cost of Rs 379 crore. About 505 km lane length would be upgraded in 2007-08, 484 km in 2008-09 and 352 km in 2009-10.

All important roads including Ring Road/Outer Ring Road/National Highway and Commonwealth Routes would be upgraded with polymer modified bitumen whereas resurfacing would be done with Hot-in-place recycling technology.

As much as 171-km lane length of PWD roads would be taken up for widening at an estimated cost of Rs 283 crore. And 80 km length would be taken up in 2007-08, 58 km in 2008-09 and 33 km in 2009-10.

Dr Walia expressed confidence that this would go a long way in ensuring smooth flow of traffic.

Dr Walia said modern street-lighting would be done on 200 km length of PWD roads out of total length of 375 km. The Transport Department would take up work of street-lighting on 95 km road length of HCBS corridors.

Dr Walia disclosed that entire street lighting would be of international standards and uniform which would present all picture of a modern and planned city.

Street-lighting of 40 km length would be taken up in 2006-07, 100 km in 2007-08 and 60 km in 2008-09. Apart from this Rs 750 crore would also be spent on beautification, public utilities, street furniture and signages on all Commonwealth Games routes -- from the CW village site to games venues, airport and hospitals.

These routes include Ring Road, Outer Ring Road, Rao Tula Ram Marg, Africa Avenue, Nelson Mandela Marg, Aurobindo Marg, Aruna Asif Ali Marg, Mehrauli-Mahipalpur Road, Vikas Marg and Uttar Pradesh Link Road.

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