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 LG reviews progress of works and pending tasks on decongestion of 77 corridors

Monday, September 19, 2022

•    LG reviews progress of works and pending tasks on decongestion of 77 corridors
•    LG directs PWD to expedite on slow pace of work
•    334 tasks out of 620 completed
•    With completion of pending works after 04.07.2022, traffic expected to be better on Moti Bagh RTR,  New Rohtak Road, old Patparganj Road, Loni Road, etc. 

The Lieutenant Governor, Shri VK Saxena today reviewed the progress of works and pending tasks related to decongestion of 77 identified corridors in the national capital and issued strict instructions to adhere to the deadlines. He expressed displeasure at the high pendency of works, many of them since 2019. 

Since the last meeting held on 04.07.2022, 10 tasks involving recarpetting of roads, installation of iron grills, widening of bridge, shifting of garbage dumping site and removal of trees, electricity & telephone poles, etc. had been completed, it was informed. With this traffic flow was expected to be better on Moti Bagh RTR, New Rohtak Road, old Patparganj Road, Loni Road, Babarpur Road, old Gurgaon Road and Bijwasan – Najafgarh Road.

The LG issued directions to the officials to provide specific timelines with regards to “short-term” pending works and a concrete action plan for the “long-term” pending works.

The long-term pending tasks include construction and widening of roads, removal of bus terminals, creating new parking spaces along major roads, construction of multi-level parking lots, construction of FoBs and underpasses and unavailability of land for certain projects among others. The LG was also informed that the approval was pending for elevated corridor from Delhi Gate to Kamal T-point which is a part of the East-West Corridor.

Upon being informed that many an encroachments were existing on Right of Way on major roads, the LG directed the PWD to remove encroachments from the public land particularly those along the arterial roads so as to decongest these stretches and ensure smooth flow of traffic.

The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary, VC-DDA, Special Commissioners of Police, Commissioner, MCD and HoDs and representatives from agencies like PWD, MCD, Forest Deptt., Home Deptt., Delhi Police, DUSIB and DDA among others.

The LG was informed that out of the 620 tasks on these 77 corridors, 334 tasks have been completed while 109 tasks including 44 long term tasks and 25 short-term tasks were still pending. As many as 119 projects were reported not feasible to which the LG asked the officials to explore alternative measures. Officials informed the LG that 05 tasks pertaining to shifting/removal of electricity poles and transformers and 07 tasks related to removal of trees were pending. In this regard, he directed to complete these tasks by 30th September.

It may be recalled that Task Force teams for each traffic range were created in January 2017 with an objective to act on major travel corridors in consultation with all stakeholders to improve traffic flow. The Task Force teams had identified 77 corridors of around 400 KMs for improvement. The tasks identified for this purpose comprise of road engineering interventions to address choke points, regulation through augmented traffic police deployment and systems, manual intervention during peak hours and continuous action against unauthorized parking and removal of encroachments on these corridors.

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