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Delhi’s infra on slow track

In 2008, when a flyover to decongest central Delhi was proposed, Delhi had a little over 60 lakh registered vehicles. The cost of the Rani Jhansi project then was Rs. 177 crore. It was to be completed by mid-2009. Almost a decade has passed, and roads still remain dug up today. There is traffic and congestion around the construction site. Men are still at work. In the 10 years since, Delhi’s vehicle population has increased to 1.04 crore. The estimated cost of the project today stands over Rs. 700 crore. This flyover is not a lone project. Realising this need, several projects including elevated roads, flyovers, underpasses and a ring road in outer Delhi were planned. But, none of the projects planned for this purpose could be completed. In fact, two projects are still awaiting financial nod from the government,” said KT Ravindran, urban designer and former chairperson of Delhi Urban Arts Commission.

Source : Hindustan Times