NAIDU BOOSTS CITY INFRA, MAKES POLITICAL POINT
The urban development ministry has approved an assistance of Rs 658 crore for five major infrastructure projects aimed at unclogging key stretches in Delhi.
While four will be new projects, the Centre has sanctioned Rs 85 crore for completion of the stalled grade separator at Rani Jhansi Road, a project that had started in 2006. The new projects are a flyover and underpass connecting Mahipalpur, Aerocity , IGI Airport and NH-8; a skywalk and foot over bridge (FOB) near ITO; a flyover-cum-rail over bridge near Narela for providing direct access from NH-1 to the Bawana Industrial Complex and widening of the road near Kashmiri Gate ISBT and Nigambodh ghat.
The central aid comes from the urban development fund, which DDA collects as onetime charge for conversion of leasehold properties to freehold. This is used for social and physical infrastructure projects. nnouncing the decisions A on Monday, Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, with the central assistance, the 1.6-km Rani Jhansi Road grade separator can be completed in a year. The cost of the flyover, from Filmistan to Boulevard Road, was Rs 200 crore. Work on the project had come to a standstill after the North MCD had spent Rs 115 crore on it.
The flyover and underpass project will decongest Mahipalpur crossing. For direct access to the airport for passengers coming from south Delhi, Faridabad and Gurgaon, the government has decided to construct a flyover and underpasses connecting northern Mahipalpur, Aerocity , Airport and NH-8. It will cost Rs 188 crore.
“It will be a signal-free stretch for traffic coming from any side. The junction of Mahipalpur bypass road and Mehrauli road has been taken as part of the project considering smooth flow of all turning movements,“ an official said.
Another project that will get central assistance is the flyover-cum-ROB on Urban Ex tesion Road at Narela. To come up at a cost of Rs 437.21 crore, the project aims at easing chaos and provide direct access to the Bawana Road Industrial Complex from NH-1.
The fourth project is the construction of a skywalk and FOB near ITO for safety of pedestrians going to about 25 major offices located around ITO. It will cost Rs 54.34 crore.
The fifth project involves the construction of up-ramp and widening of road near Kashmere Gate and Nigambodh ghat. This will require around Rs 18.68 crore.
“These projects were identified jointly by UD ministry and different government agencies in Delhi. Under UDF, Centre provides 80% funding.“We had been pursuing the projects and the central assistance was cleared last week,“ said an official of Delhi public works department.
Source: Times of India
Dated: 12th July 2016