Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the entire project will be monitored remotely from a dashboard and heavy penalties will be imposed on the contractor if any shortcomings are found.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday announced a mega project to transform the roads in the national capital which will commence from April 1. Under the project, broken pavements, central verges, slabs, signage, electric poles, railings, and lights will be repaired, along with the maintenance of broken roads and potholes.
Work orders for the project will be issued by March 20 and the work will commence on April 1.
Kejriwal said the Delhi government will also introduce deep scrubbing machines and litter picker machines. Over 100 mechanized road sweepers, more than 150 sprinkler tankers, and 250 anti-smog-guns-cum-sprinklers will be hired for the project. Treated water from sewage treatment plants of Delhi Jal Board will be used to wash the roads.
He said around Rs 4,500 crore will be spent on the project in the first year and then Rs 2,000 crore every year. A total of 1,400 km of roads that come under the jurisdiction of the Delhi Public Works Department will be transformed under the project.
Addressing a press conference, Kejriwal said, “The PWD has jurisdiction only on roads wider than 18m (45ft) across the national capital, and we will leave no stone unturned to transform them.”
The Delhi CM also highlighted that all the footpaths and central verges along the roads will be repaired when necessary. “Often, to loot public money, governments order the whole pavement to be replaced even if a single stone breaks, but we will not do this, we will conduct spot repairs and save money,” said Kejriwal.
According to Kejriwal, the entire system will be monitored remotely from a dashboard and heavy penalties will be imposed on the contractor if any shortcomings are found in the project. There will also be a centralized complaint system for citizens to reach out to the government for any necessary road repairs.
Third-party monitoring will be systemized with vehicles fitted with cameras. If any shortcoming is found, the contractor will be fined heavily.
He also said the repair work will be completed within six months and once it is complete, a 10-year maintenance contract will be put in place.