Infrastructure important, but govt will review implications: Manish Sisodia

While development of infrastructure, especially the construction of flyovers, was one of the top priorities of the previous government in Delhi, it remains to be seen what the Aam Aadmi Party has in mind on the front.

The party claims that they have never underplayed the importance or the need for the development of infrastructure in the city. "But the cost implications of such projects needs to be looked into,'' Urban Development and PWD minister Manish Sisodia said.

The picture will be cleared once the Cabinet takes decisions on certain projects which will be submitted for clearance in a few months.

According to sources in the government, the Public Works Department (PWD) is likely to submit proposals for projects such as Barapullah phase-III and Kalindi Kunj bypass. "The party never said such infrastructure is not required. Once the proposals are submitted to the Cabinet, they will have to be discussed. The cost implication of such projects need to be looked into, as opposed to building better infrastructure required in health and education sectors," he said.

Asked about the bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor, Sisodia said, in his personal opinion the project should be discontinued.

"In several countries, the BRT has been very successful. But that does not seem to be the case here. Government has to decide on this. But in my personal opinion is that it should be discontinued,'' he said.

Transport Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj too had spoken of reviewing the BRT corridor.

With the temperatures dipping and the government looking at creating porta cabins for the homeless, Sisodia said the schemes for the winter and a broader policy for the homeless needed to be separated.

"For now, we are trying to approach the issue on war footing. We are also setting up porta cabins in schools. But I feel we cannot club schemes in winter months and all schemes for the homeless,'' he said

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