The Public Works Department of the Delhi Government is doing its utmost to make Delhi a showpiece city in time for the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in October 2010. Some of the major projects undertaken by PWD include:
Upgradation of all PWD roads: The strengthening and resurfacing of various PWD roads on CWG routes, as well as in other parts of the city, will be completed by June 2010. PWD is responsible for maintaining 410 km (equal to 2,345 lane km) of road network in Delhi that includes Ring Road, Outer Ring Road and arterial roads.
Two new roads being built: They include the elevated corridor on Barapullah Nallah between Sarai Kale Khan and Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. This 3.78 km stretch is being built at a cost of Rs 498 crore and is targeted for completion by March 2010. The second one includes the Ring Road bypass between Salimgarh Fort and Velodrome Road. This alignment will provide connectivity through four loops with the newly-constructed Geeta Colony Bridge. This is an eight-lane road of 5.5 km length being built at an estimated cost of Rs 654 crore and is expected to be completed by June 2010.
Under the leadership of Chief Minister of Delhi, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, the Government of National Capital of Delhi, through its Public Works Department, has undertaken large scale construction that is adding to the capital’s infrastructure. All works are in full swing, and will be completed on time for Commonwealth Games in October, 2010
Street Scaping and Lighting: 48 km of PWD roads around the CWG venues are being street scaped to meet the best standards, including provision of pathway for non-motorized vehicles, cycle tracks and places for gathering of persons having kiosks, and provision of road furnitures. These works are expected to be completed by June 2010. Besides, entire 410 km of PWD roads have been taken up for new streetlights that will provide improved lux level and match international standards. Over 90 per cent of the work is targeted for completion by the end of January 2010.
Signages: Road signages of international standards are being provided on all PWD roads for mandatory / cautionary / direction / identification purposes.
Foot over bridges: For safe pedestrian movement, foot-over-bridges (FOBs) have been provided with escalators at important crossings and junctions. It has been proposed that new FOBs would be provided with lifts in order to encourage disabled-friendly usage.
Flyovers: 24 new flyovers / underpasses / bridges are being built to improve the city infrastructure for CWG 2010. Nine projects have already been completed. The rest are proposed to be completed before June 2010. This will provide smooth flow of traffic on various city roads and also signal-free movement on large parts of the Ring Road.
Removal of overhead hanging cables from PWD Roads: The new street lighting project on all 410 km of PWD roads has been undertaken with underground cables. Power distribution companies like NDPL and BSES have been asked to remove all overhead cables and lay them underground in order to achieve safety and for the purposes of improved aesthetics. The underground cabling is expected to be completed by end of April 2010.
Drainage: Storm water drains along PWD roads are constructed / improved / remodeled by PWD. All PWD drains are covered. Care is taken to ensure that broken / stolen drain covers are immediately replaced.
Maintenance of PWD Roads: As a general norm, strengthening / resurfacing of PWD roads are being carried out once in 5 - 6 years depending upon the wear and tear and damage to road surface. Over the last two years, PWD has adopted new technologies for road resurfacing. Currently, 453 lane km roads are being resurfaced using the Hot-in-situ recycling technology. This technology is environment friendly. Bitumen as well as stone aggregates from the old road to the extent of 60-70 per cent are reused. The top level of the road surface does not increase much, thus making saving on account of no changes in the kerb stones and drain levels. The work is expected to be completed by June 2010. Another 49 lane km of road surface has been re-laid by using plastic wastes. In this technology, plastic modifier is added in the bitumen which improves the strength / stability of the road surface and also provides more sustainability under adverse water-logging conditions. More roads are planned to be resurfaced with this technology while preparing for CWG. Another 410 lane km of PWD roads are being improved by using the micro-surfacing technology. This technology ensures better surface and increased life by between 2 – 3 years by sealing cracks on the roads.