“With 73% achievement rate, PWD has delivered projects before time & within the allocated funds. The budget focuses on construction of underpasses, flyovers, transit corridors etc. 500 km of beautification of roads, is a milestone to be achieved this year.” – Satyendar Jain, Delhi PWD Minister (Link)
Delhi Road Network under Different Jurisdictions
Note: AAP Delhi government has control over only 1260 km out of the total of 30,000 km of Delhi roads through the PWD. Most of them are over 100-feet wide. The rest – i.e. 95.8% – are under MCDs (Municipalities), NDMC, DDA and Delhi Cantonment, which are not under AAP’s control. Most of the smaller internal roads, i.e. 23,000 km, come mainly under the 3 municipalities.
Delhi infrastructure is growing rapidly under the AAP government.
In FY 2019-2020 alone, 36 major infrastructure projects were completed by Dec 2019 and 23 more were in the pipeline.
Bridges, Flyovers, Underpasses and Foot Overbridges
This was inaugurated on 4 Nov 2018 by the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal after a wait of 14 years.
Built by Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation (DTTDC) at a cost of about Rs 1518.37 crore, the Signature Bridge, in the form of a Namaste, is double the height of the Qutub Minar and is said to be India’s first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge.
It not only saves commute time and thereby fuel, but it also acts as a tourist spot, overlooking the Yamuna, with a panoramic view of the city.
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Foot Over Bridges
In 2019-2020, the work of five footover bridges had been completed fully and more than 90% work had been completed with respect to four bridges by Dec 2020.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
The AAP government built 23 flyovers in 4.5 years after 2015.
“In 15 years, the Sheila Dikshit government built 70 flyovers. In the last four-and-a-half years, our (AAP) government has built 23 flyovers.” – Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi CM, at inauguration of the 2.85 km signal-free new RTR flyover on 16 Jul 2019 (Link)
- The construction work of the Flyover from Munirika to Army Hospital on the Outer Ring road was completed and opened to the public on 16th July 2019.
- In Dec 2019, the Delhi Government approved the extension of the Ashram Flyover upto DND Flyway.
Two Flyovers – Shastri Park Flyover and the Seelampur flyover were completed in Oct 2020, at ₹250 crore, a cost lesser than the sanctioned cost of ₹303 crore, saving ₹53 crores. The construction will bring relief to around 1.5 lakh vehicles in Shastri Park flyover daily.
- The Delhi government flagged off the development of Rohtak road in Nov 2020 at a cost of Rs. 25 crores.
- Construction of Elevated Road over Barapullah Nallah
- Phase-I of the elevated road over Barapullah Nallah connected Sarai Kale Khan and Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Stadium.
- The extended two-km Phase-II connected Jawaharlal Nehru (JLN) Stadium and INA Market and was completed in July, 2018. This resulted in a saving of about 25 minutes in travel time from JLN Stadium to INA Market.
- The Phase-III of the corridor to Mayur Vihar is under construction. Once Phase-III is completed, the travel time between Mayur Vihar to South Delhi will reduce to 15-20 minutes which now takes more than an hour. It will also reduce the travel time of east Delhi commuters to the airport.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated Cloverleaf ramps, service roads and cycle track at Mayur Vihar Phase -I flyover in Aug 2021. The project is a part of Barapullah elevated road corridor under Phase-Ill extension from Mayur Vihar to Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi. This cloverleaf will ease the way for those commuting between Delhi & Noida.
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Huge Savings on Flyover Construction
The AAP government had saved 500 crore on construction of flyovers by Feb 2021.
|Flyover||Estimated Cost (in cr, Rs)||Actual Cost (in cr, Rs)||Savings (in cr, Rs)|
|Shastri Park and the Seelampur flyover||303||250||53|
|Madhuban Chowk corridor||422||297||125|
|Mangolpuri to Madhuban Chowk||423||323||100|
|Meera Bagh to Vikaspuri||560||460||100|
|Prem Barapula to Azadpur||247||137||110|
|Jagatpur Chowk flyover||80||72||8|
|Mukundpur Chowk flyover||4|
|Mayur Vihar flyover||5|
Repair Work by PWD
Prevention of waterlogging at Minto Bridge
“There was no waterlogging underneath Minto Bridge because of elaborate arrangements made there to avoid water accumulation. Nine pumps have been installed to flush out water from Minto bridge. Sound alarms along with blinkers and CCTVs have also been set up near the bridge for swift action and real time monitoring,” said an official from the PWD department on July 28, 2021.
An experimental drain that was constructed along Minto Road to stop storm water from getting mixed with sewage water seems to have worked.
Minto Bridge before:
Minto Bridge after:
For the second year in succession, the first Monsoon rains did not cause any flooding as reported below (July 30, 2022)
Repair of PWD roads using maintenance vans
On 1st Oct 2021, a massive drive was launched to repair and maintain PWD roads, using maintenance vans in large numbers to cover all the areas of the city of Delhi.