The AAP government Tuesday doled out a “Diwali gift” for the city, which has been troubled by traffic snarls, by inaugurating the Azadpur-Prembari elevated road. This also resulted in a rare display of political bonhomie.
Even as the sparring Delhi government and the Centre are yet to bury the hatchet, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday thanked Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu at the inauguration event.
“I want to thank… Venkaiah Naidu,” said Kejriwal and added that his ministry and the Delhi government have been working cordially.
Naidu, in return, appreciated the work done by Delhi’s Public Works Department and said they have done a “good job.”
He added, “Delhi is the heart of country. We should give priority to development in Delhi.”
In a marked departure from his criticism of his predecessor Sheila Dikshit, Kejriwal also thanked the former chief minister for initiating the Azadpur-Prembari road project.
“The entire credit for initiating the elevated corridor project goes to Sheila Dikshit. When we took over the government (in February), only 20-30 per cent of the work on this project was completed. But in the last eight months, we have completed the remaining work. We will do the same for other projects as well,” said Kejriwal.
Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan also appreciated Dikshit’s work.
Vardhan, the former Delhi BJP president, said politics should not come in the way of development.
“Inaugurated an elevated road made by Del PWD today. Sanctiond cost-Rs 247 crores. Completed at actual cost- Rs 142 crores. Unbelievable naa?” Kejriwal tweeted.
The 1.6-km long elevated corridor is aimed at decongesting areas like Ashok Vihar, Shalimar Bagh and Wazirpur and allowing unhindered traffic flow along the entire 44-km Ring Road.
The Sheila Dikshit government had initiated the project in 2013.