Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday inaugurated the eight-lane Bhalswa Flyover, part of the 20-km Vikaspuri-Wazirabad signal-free elevated corridor.
“The PWD has saved Rs 20 crore by constructing the eight-lane Bhalswa Flyover at a cost of Rs 45 crore, against its estimated cost of Rs 65 crore,” said Kejriwal.
The newly-constructed flyover is aimed at decongesting traffic in Bhalswa, Burari and Rohini. As many as 1.80 lakh vehicles are expected to use this stretch daily. “Construction work on the project began in August 2015 and has been completed in eight months,” said Public Works Department Minister Satyendar Jain.
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Taking a shot at the BJP-ruled MCDs, Jain said, “Many people ask us how we saved money on our projects. I would like to ask how they (BJP) manage to spend more than the estimated costs on theirs.”
He said the elevated road at Bhalswa was planned four-five years ago but was delayed because a high-tension wire on the stretch had to be shifted. The wire, he said, was shifted one-and-a-half-years later.
Jain also said plans for two elevated road projects, Signature Bridge to IGI Airport and Anand Vihar to Tikri Border, have been prepared.
“We have made a presentation (on the two proposed elevated roads) to the Lieutenant Governor and he liked them. We are awaiting approval from UTTIPEC (Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning & Engineering). Once we get the approval, we will be able to complete the projects in three years. We will rework the designs to save construction costs,” said Jain.