Delhi ministers Gopal Rai and Satyendar Jain would visit Sweden from October 23 to October 31 for studying road designs, traffic management system and the Scandinavian country’s infrastructure.
The visit will be in the backdrop of the government’s stated focus on making the capital congestion free. Asked why Sweden, transport minister Rai said the embassy wanted them to visit the country to analyse the transport system and infrastructure.
Rai, public works department (PWD) minister Jain and accompanying bureaucrats will also study the country’s administration. Sweden is perceived to be among the least corrupt nations.
“We got to know there is no corruption in Sweden. If they could work so much better without having corruption in their administration, why could we not do the same in India? We would use this opportunity to examine and analyse their governance and methods. There must be some initiatives that we could implement here to give transparent governance. This was also a major draw for us to visit the country,” added Rai.
The Delhi government has been busy with its initiatives such as car-free day and plans to redesign at least 10 stretches. Models and proposals have been invited for the project of redesigning these roads.
The ministers would also study policies related to environment. “Despite being a coalition government, Green Party has been able to protect its principles and agenda which brought them to government. We have a major interest in environment. Considering the depleting air quality in the city, we look forward to seeing what policies we could take from them,” said Rai.
A senior government official said, “ It always help to study what the global practices are in making durable roads and the designing prevalent in developed nations. We will be studying their technological solutions. The PWD minister and staff would collect as much information on technology as they can so that when proposals come to us, we would be able to compare and adopt the best.”