Delhi Road and Flyovers
In order to fast track the delayed road projects, the PWD department in Delhi has prepared a list of more than 23 new road and flyover projects involving a whopping investment worth Rs 16,165cr. The targeted projects, which are to be completed in the next four to five years, included the parallel flyover at Rao Tula Ram Marg and also those for which clearances have been put in place but tenders have not yet been floated. Most of the other projects have been planned for the decongestion of arterial roads and improvement of corridors. A sum worth Rs 2,000cr has also been made available for the ongoing projects spreading over for the next three years. The government has targeted to invest worth Rs. 1,000cr in the next fiscal. In this connection, officials of the home, finance and urban development will meet very shortly to give final shape to these projects.

The officials are of the view that each project got caught in a web of approvals for years, leading to massive cost escalation and unnecessary troubles for road users and there is an urgent need to streamline clearances and approvals mechanism alongside setting out standards for sustainable and aesthetic infrastructure. Based on the listed projects, expenditure is expected to peak in 2016-17 when most projects will be underway. In 2019-20, all projects, except one, are expected to be completed apart from the elevated road project from Kakrola Mor to Wazirabad, along Najafgarh drain, which has been identified as the most expensive project costing about Rs 4,000cr. It is worth mentioning here that their budgetary requirement is based on the presumption that most projects will start in the next financial year. Of them only three projects are slated to start this year including the parallel flyover at RTR, an underpass at RTR and Barapullah Phase III. Permissions for the first two have already been received and tenders will be floated very shortly.