Kejriwal Government is redeveloping 32.5 kms long stretches of roads in Delhi under the pilot project
Kejriwal Government to revamp roads totalling up to 540 kms in length and beautify them on the lines of European roads
Delhi Government’s Tourism Department to look after the streetscaping & beautification of the roads
Delhi Tourism is developing roadside greenery on the lines of Dubai, Singapore and London on these roads
Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal chaired a high-level review meeting at the Delhi Secretariat today regarding the roads being revamped in the state on the lines of European countries. During this meeting, Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal directed the officials to complete the pilot project by August 2022. Under the pilot project, the Kejriwal government is redeveloping seven roads of 32.5 km length to European levels. In this way, the Kejriwal government will redevelop a total of 540 kms of roads in Delhi and take them up to the standards of European countries. The Tourism Department of Delhi Government has also been engaged for the beautification of these roads. The tourism department is developing roadside greenery and other facilities on the lines of countries like Dubai, Singapore, London which are renowned for their landscaping. Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia, who holds the PWD portfolio was present in the meeting along with senior officials of the department.
It is noteworthy that the Kejriwal government is working upon redeveloping roads totalling up to 540 kms and transforming them as per the level of European countries. The government has initiated a pilot project on the same. In this regard, Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal reviewed the pilot project by chairing a high-level meeting at the Delhi Secretariat today. CM Arvind Kejriwal was presented the progress report and apprised of the status of the project by the officials during the meeting. The PWD officials informed the CM that the work on the pilot project is going on in full swing and will be completed by August 2022. Under this pilot project, there are seven roads of length 32.5 km, which are being beautified on the lines of European roads. The CM directed the officials to complete the pilot project by August, so that further work on other roads can be started expeditiously.
On the instructions of CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal, the tourism department of Delhi Government has also been engaged in the beautification work of these roads. The tourism department is developing roadside greenery and sightseeing facilities on the lines of Dubai, Singapore, London. Delhi Tourism has started doing the beautification of a 5.2 km long road stretch as a pilot.
The following seven roads are being beautified under the pilot project:
- Ring Road From Mayapuri to Moti Bagh Jn.
- Ring Road from AIIMS to Ashram
- Vikas Marg-Laxmi Nagar Chungi to Karkari More
- Narwana Road-Mother Dairy to Punch Mahal Niwas
- Britannia Chowk to Outer Ring Road, West Enclave, Pitampura
- Wazirpur Depot Crossing (NSP) to Rithala Metro Station
- Shivdaspuri Marg and Patel Road (from Moti Nagar T-Point to Pusa Road about)
Roads will also present a glimpse of patriotism along with modernity
Roads in Delhi that are being developed along European lines will represent patriotism alongside modernity, so that when someone passes through these routes, a sense of patriotism will be elicited alongside appreciation for modernity. Along the road, statues of freedom fighters such as Bhagat Singh and Rani Laxmi Bai have been constructed to instil a strong feeling of nationalism in people. Two fountains, artwork on FOB, a sand stone bench, a Buddha statue, a state-of-the-art info board, steel elements, and sand stone art work have also been completed. On one side of the road, a path for bikes and a footpath have been constructed.
Delhi’s roads will be as splendid as those in developed countries
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has envisaged redesigning the roads of Delhi so that the roads of the national capital also look as splendid and beautiful as the capitals of developed nations across the world. In November 2019, CM Arvind Kejriwal approved the redesign of some roads under the jurisdiction of the PWD. As part of this, the Delhi Government has decided to build 100-foot-wide, 540-kilometre-long roads in the style of European cities. Currently, 7 Delhi roads have been approved for re-design as part of the pilot project.
Remodelling of roads will put an end to several problems
Redesigning and remodelling of the roads will eliminate bottlenecks. At present, a four lane road turns into a three lane one or a six lane road to a four lane one, causing severe traffic congestion. After the redesigning of roads, this problem will end and the road will look uniformly wide, thereby eliminating the problem of traffic. By eliminating the space on the side of the road or adjacent roads, that space will be used well. Pavement space for non-motor vehicles will also be created. A footpath measuring a minimum of 5 feet in width will be increased to 10 feet. The footpath will be designed according to the convenience of the differently-abled, so that the road looks uniform and the differently-abled do not face any hurdles in their way.
The amount of greenery along the roads will be increased
Along the roads in Delhi, the greenery is relatively less. After the roads are redesigned, there will be space for planting trees on the sidewalks as well as increasing the green belt. Auto and e-rickshaw will be given their own space and stands. The road slopes and drains will be redesigned and rebuilt. Inside the drains, re-harvesting systems will be installed. Road slopes will be adjusted so that rainwater can be recharged in the ground. There will be no open space on the road, street furniture will be installed, and junctions will be fixed. The roadside grass or trees will be planted, and the roads will be resurfaced.
Dust pollution will be eliminated by planting grass along the roads
After the roads are redesigned, not an inch of land will be left vacant around the road where there is no grass, ensuring that there is no pollution from dust on the road. Right now, there is a problem with dust flying on the roads, which is causing dust pollution. Green belts or grass will be planted on vacant land along the road, making the roads more visually appealing and reducing dust pollution.
Following plants will be installed on the roads being built under the pilot project
The tourism department will plant topiary group saplings on roads being built along European lines. The majority of the plants in this topiary group produce more oxygen and are more visually appealing. These plants are primarily used for decoration. In addition, saplings of Bismarckia nobilis, Roystonea regia, and Phoenix dactylifera will be planted. Saplings from the palm family will also be planted. This plant’s leaves and stems are used for ornamentation and beautification.
The major features on the redesigned roads will be-
Parking for Rickshaw
Marked parking space
Public open space
Walking path lane
Various types of designs will be displayed on the road walls. If there is a park situated next to a road, then it will not be covered by the wall or a boundary, so that the beauty of the park is visible to people travelling on the roads.