Polls ahead, Sheila govt goes to work


A number of infrastructure projects will take off this year; Chief Minister to start inaugurating from February.

In the election year, the Congress-led Delhi government has started to lay the foundation that it hopes will stand the party in good stead at the time of campaign.

A number of infrastructure projects will take off this year, with Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit starting the inauguration spree from February. In the second week of February, around the 9th, Dikshit will lay the foundation stone for the Phase-II extension of Barapullah elevated road. The extension will take the elevated corridor up Till INA Market.

February 26, sources said, will have Dikshit inaugurating the construction of an elevated stretch from Vikaspuri to Meera Bagh.

March will bring another set of infrastructure projects, most of which will be inaugurated by Delhi government. Just before the elections, scheduled for the end of the year, the work on 805 km of roads that were taken over by the government from the MCD will be completed.

"Barapullah Phase-II will be inaugurated by February 9 and Vikaspuri to Meera Bagh will be inaugurated by February 26 by Sheila Dikshit. Seventy roads in the rural belt will also be inaugurated by March 2. This project is expected to cost Rs 300 crore. Work on all major infrastructure projects should start by April,'' PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan said.

"The work between Vikaspuri and Meera Bagh will be awarded to Simplex Infrastructure Limited, which constructed the Ring Road bypass. It's a 4.3-km stretch, of which 3.3 km will be elevated. The project is expected to cost Rs 410 crore. At the ground level, there will be service roads, dedicated bus lanes, green areas, footpaths and public conveniences. This project will be the first phase of the decongestion plan for Outer Ring Road,'' a PWD official said.

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