*Kejriwal Government committed towards making Delhi roads world-class; Dy CM Manish Sisodia conducts on-site inspection to review progress

*Dy CM Manish Sisodia reviews the streetscaping work on Lodhi Road; the road is one of the 16 road stretches which are undergoing a makeover as part of the government’s streetscaping project

*It is CM Arvind Kejriwal’s vision that Delhi should be counted among the most beautiful cities of the world, Delhi's roads should be world-class, PWD is working on a war footing to fulfill this dream- Dy CM Manish Sisodia

*People are happy with the experience of Lodhi Road after streetscaping, they come here to take a walk every day and enjoy the beauty of this stretch with their family

*Delhi Government is giving a makeover to 16 roads of Delhi according to their needs, a further 540 km of road will also be beautified on the same lines

NEW DELHI: 21ST SEPTEMBER, 2022-To make Delhi roads one of the best in the world, the Delhi government is working on a war footing on its streetscaping project. Under CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal’s vision of providing the best commuting experience to everyone in the national capital Delhi, PWD is working robustly throughout Delhi. To assess the progress of the work, Dy CM Shri Manish Sisodia conducted an onsite inspection of the Lodhi Road stretch. He also interacted with the commuters to know their experiences. Sharing their experiences, the residents said that this road has become very beautiful after streetscaping and they come here to take a walk everyday and enjoy the beauty of this stretch with their family.

On this occasion, Shri Manish Sisodia said, “It is CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal’s vision to include Delhi roads among the best roads in the world. His dream is to provide a splendid commuting experience to everyone in Delhi. To fulfill this vision, the government is working in mission mode. Under the government's streetscaping project, we are working to give a new look to the roads of Delhi. Some of the roads included in our pilot streetscaping project have already started looking beautiful.”

He further said that this road stretch from Sai Mandir Red Light to Indian Habitat Center on Lodhi Road is part of 16 pilot projects launched under the Kejriwal government's mission to make Delhi roads world-class and beautiful.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that the Delhi government is working on decongesting, redesigning and beautifying several roads across the national capital. Redesigning roads will eliminate bottlenecks and improve the aesthetics of the road stretch which will include facilities like open-air sitting areas, barrier-free walking areas, ornamental plantations, cycling tracks, etc. Beautification of roads in Delhi as per global standards will give a new identity to the national capital. He added that 16 roads are being beautified by PWD according to their needs in the pilot phase and after the completion of the pilot phase, another 540 km of road under the jurisdiction of PWD will also be beautified on the same lines.

During the visit, the officials told the Shri Manish Sisodia that the aforementioned road stretch is 1 kilometer long and the beautification work is almost completed in most of its part and the remaining work is also being completed at a fast pace. Officials said footpaths have been made for people to walk on the stretch. Along with this, a separate lane and cycle track for cyclists going to Indian Habitat Center and Air Force School has also been made and division has been done through sand-stone boulevard. The entire stretch is decorated with modern artwork and selfie points have also been set up. Small saplings have been planted along the stretch to keep the entire stretch green and the existing trees have been protected. Adequate space has been provided for pedestrians and road users to sit and rest. Officials said that on 500 meters of this road stretch, beautification work will be done on either side of the road and on the central verge.

During the visit, Shri Manish Sisodia also interacted with the commuters passing via this stretch and learned about their experience. People said that this road has become extremely beautiful after streetscaping and they come here to take a walk everyday and enjoy the beauty of this stretch with their family.

The Deputy Chief Minister directed the officials that the remaining work of the stretch should be completed soon, besides the greenery here and the cleanliness and maintenance of the entire stretch should be taken care of.

*16 roads under Delhi government’s streetscaping project*

-> Road from Mayapuri to Motibagh Junction on Ring Road
-> Road from AIIMS to Ashram on Ring Road
-> Road from Laxmi Nagar toll to Karkari Mode on Vikas Marg
-> Road from Mother Dairy to Panch Mahal Niwas on Narwana Road
-> Road from Britannia Chowk to Outer Ring Road, West Enclave Pitampura
-> Road from Wazirpur Depot Crossing (NSP) to Rithala Metro Station
-> Moti Nagar T-Point to Pusa Road roundabout on Shivdaspuri Road and Patel Road
-> Nelson Mandela Road
-> Karkardooma Court Road
-> Wazirabad Road
-> Majlis Park Road
-> Tikri Border Road
-> Lodhi Road
-> Aurobindo Marg
-> Shantivan Road
-> KN Katju Road

*What is the streetscaping project of the Kejriwal Government?*

Streetscaping of city roads is an ambitious project of the Kejriwal government, under which PWD is working on 16 roads in the pilot phase, to make them beautiful and safe as per European standards. After completion of the project on these roads, streetscaping of a 540 km stretch will be taken up by the PWD. After the redesigning of these roads, greenery around them will increase, which will help in reducing the dust pollution in the area. Green belts will be developed on the vacant land along the road so that the roads can get a beautiful look. This will provide a pleasant commuting and walking experience to residents of Delhi.

*Facilities to be developed during streetscaping*

-> Tiling of roads
-> Development of green area around the road
-> Open sitting area
-> Cycling tracks
-> Designer LED lights
-> Public utility centers
-> Fountains and sandstone artworks


*Delhi Jal Board in action mode against meter reading frauds; first FIR lodged

*Meter reading frauds will not be tolerated; FIR being lodged against both erring meter readers and the private agencies: Saurabh Bhardwaj, Vice-Chairman, Delhi Jal Board

*Complaints will be lodged with labour department against private agencies that pay less than minimum wages to meter readers: Saurabh Bhardwaj, Vice-Chairman, Delhi Jal Board

NEW DELHI-21.09.22-The Delhi Jal Board is taking a tough stand against the issue of frauds in meter readings. An FIR has been registered against a meter reader of a private agency that had been appointed for billing on behalf of Delhi Jal Board. Several complaints were received from customers against meter readers regarding frauds and irregularities in billing. Shri Saurabh Bhardwaj, Vice-Chairman, Delhi Jal Board, had directed the senior officials of DJB last week to register FIRs against the erring meter readers and their respective agencies. Shri Saurabh Bhardwaj also asked Delhi Jal Board officials to issue show cause notices to the agencies paying less than minimum wages and to write to the Labour Department requesting them to take strict action against these agencies.

Delhi Jal Board has a total of 41 Zones in Delhi and private agencies have been appointed in 21 Zones for the billing purposes. For quite some time, many DJB customers have been complaining against such meter readers of these private agencies stating that they have been tempting the customers to get their water bills reduced in lieu of some money.

The DJB Vice Chairman said, "We must take strict action against these corrupt meter readers as well as inform the customers that there is no such technique to reduce the water meter reading. Meter readers can reduce your bill for once by noting less reading, but ultimately you will have to bear greater loss because you will have to pay this bill one day or the other and by then this bill would become too much cumulatively.”

Shri Bhardwaj further added, "Under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal, we must ensure that the people of Delhi do not have to face corruption in any form. We have a zero tolerance policy against any kind of corruption. Henceforth, we will continue to take similar strict actions against erring meter readers."