New 6-lane flyover is Rs 100 cr below budget
The 1.6-km elevated corridor will decongest areas like Ashok Vihar, Shalimar Bagh and Wazirpur and allow unhindered traffic flow along the entire 44-km Ring Road.
AAP government has completed the construction at an actual cost of Rs 147 crore as against a sanctioned outlay of Rs 247.17 crore. The Sheila Dikshit government had initiated the project in 2013.
“The entire credit for initiating the Azadpur-Prembari Pul elevated corridor goes to Dikshit. When we took over the government, only 20-30 per cent of the work on this project was completed but, in last eight months, we have completed the remaining works and will do the same for other projects as well,” Kejriwal said.
Vardhan, a former Delhi BJP President and the Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, too, praised Dikshit, who was at the helm in Delhi for 15 years, saying that we should not engage in politics over development works. Referring to Dishit, he said that “there should no politics over developmental works for the sake of Delhi”.
Kejriwal, meanwhile, claimed it was the first time that a project whose sanctioned cost was Rs 250 crore was completed at an actual cost of Rs 150 crore.
“I think this is for the first time that a flyover, whose sanctioned cost was Rs 250 crore, has been built at an actual cost of Rs 150 crore. We have heard till now that a project having sanctioned cost of Rs 250 crore was constructed at a cost of Rs 500 crore.
“We will now build two flyovers at a cost at which only one flyover was earlier constructed. We will not waste taxpayers’ money,” he added.
Kejriwal further said: “I want to thank Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu”, adding that Delhi government and his ministry was working together well.
He further said that on November 22, Delhi government will launch a major clean-up drive under the “leadership” of Naidu as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
A senior PWD official said that with the inauguration of the Azadpur-Prembari Pul elevated corridor, 7,665 kilolitres of fuel will be saved every year.
Besides, an individual would save 12 minutes per day and 15,000 tonnes CO2 emission can also be reduced annually. “The newly-inaugurated flyover will also reduce the noise level by around 16 decibels as per CRRI certification, solving a long-standing issue for the occupants of adjacent buildings.
“The latest technology of groundwater recharging with recycled polypropylene modular structure has been implemented in this project,” the official also said.
The elevated corridor will bypass three traffic intersections, at Shalimar Bagh, Ashok Vihar and Fire Station on Ring Road. The corridor will reduce traffic congestion on Ring Road at Shalimar Bagh, Ashok Vihar, Pitampura, Wazirpur Industrial Area and Azadpur.
On the occasion, Naidu said that the Public Works Department (PWD) has done a good job and he thanked the department for constructing such a flyover.