Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Sunday said he was the “wall” between the Centre and his ministers.
“I feel sad… If the Centre had shown a positive attitude and supported us, we would have done 10 times more work than what we have done so far,” he said. Kejriwal was speaking at the inauguration of the Phase III of the Vikaspuri-Wazirabad signal-free elevated corridor from Madhuban Chowk to Mukarba Chowk in outer Delhi. The corridor is over 23-km long.
“I have not kept any portfolios with myself. I am standing like a wall between my ministers and the central government. And I won’t let my ministers be troubled by the Centre. I’ll take care of it by myself. I have told my ministers to continue with their work; dealing with the Centre is my responsibility,” he said.
Kejriwal also thanked the former Congress government for starting the project. However he said, “The estimate (for the project) given by Sheilaji (Dikshit) was Rs 421 crore but the AAP government completed it in Rs 300 crore.”
He said the government lauds the efforts of the Public Works Department (PWD) for completing the project before the deadline and saving Rs 121 crore of public money.
He asked PWD minister Satyendar Jain and chief engineer Sarvagya Srivastava to give a proposal for rewarding PWD officials who worked on the project. “All of Delhi will be happy to reward them,” said Kejriwal.
The elevated road will cover five major junctions between Madhuban Chowk to Mukarba Chowk including PVR Prashant Vihar T-junction, Income Tax red light, K N Katju Marg T-junction, Shalimar Bagh crossing (Rohini Jail) and Badli T-junction.