• Ministry wants Kejriwal government to pay Rs 10,000 crore for 8 new elevated corridors’ construction to improve Delhi traffic

    The road transport and highways ministry wants Delhi’s Kejriwal government to pay Rs 10,000 crore for the construction of eight new elevated corridors linking the eastern and Western peripheral expressways to improve traffic situation in Delhi.

    The centre has proposed link road projects worth Rs 20,000 crore that can provide direct connectivity between the Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressways through Delhi.

    The issue was taken up on Tuesday during a meeting between road transport and highway minister Nitin Gadkari and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

    Work on the both the expressways, which will work as an outer ring road for Delhi, has already started. The two expressways will help divert the long-haul inter-state heavy vehicles from Delhi roads and the proposed link roads will allow seamless exit of local traffic to take the expressways.

    “Since these projects are planned to decongest Delhi that would also significantly cut down on the pollution, the state government should bear half the total project cost. We have communicated this to the Delhi government,” a senior transport ministry official said.

    The shipping ministry and the Delhi government will also sign a state support agreement for cleaning of Yamuna river front and making the river navigable. 

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