In an effort to ensure lesser vehicle congestion and more space for pedestrians, the Public Works Department (PWD) has decided to redesign 10 stretches in the capital.
Sources said if the project is successful, the government would revamp the 1,260-km stretch of roads under the PWD at approximately Rs 6,000 crore.PWD minister Satyendar Jain said a consultant would be appointed to take charge of each stretch and come up with a feasible structure that combines various features such as footpath design, street furniture, bus-stops, lights and access to private property.
Jain added that these roads will also have a dedicated bus and non-motorised vehicle lanes. Sources said the government will soon launch a website and an app, so that people can click photos of the roads and upload them.
Jain said the roads will have footpaths and subways which will be designed keeping women’s safety in mind. Each stretch will be covered by CCTV cameras.
“To earmark a designated space, the government has been making boundary walls. We will eliminate this and place CCTV instead. We will also give space to street vendors as it is important for streets to be lively to ensure safety of women. Subways will not be totally under the road; they will be at a slight depth of up to 5 feet,” said Jain.
Jain also said the government will do away with escalators from foot-over-bridges and install glass lifts, as they have less maintenance issues.
Foot-over-bridges will be constructed every 300 to 500 mts, added the minister.
“We have prioritised pedestrians, cyclists, non-motorised vehicles, public transport, cars and if possible emergency services such as ambulances. We will put up the designs on a location near these stretches for public approval and suggestions before finalising them,” said Jain. Meanwhile, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the government is in talks with the Delhi Metro to ensure that there would be more trains with eight coaches.
“I have sent my volunteers to check on the duration at which each train comes. There are places where a train comes after 15 minutes. We asked the Metro authorities why they want people to travel in a packed train,” said Kejriwal.