New Delhi: Making the roads of Delhi better and safe for all commuters has been the priority of the Delhi government. The Public Works Department (PWD) is regularly assessing the need to develop better safety infrastructure on all Delhi roads. The department is working towards eliminating every accident-prone spot across the capital.
In view of the same, the Deputy CM Manish Sisodia who holds the PWD portfolio approved the projects worth Rs 18.19 crores for the construction of new a central verge design at three road stretches namely Rohtak Road (NH10), MP Road No. 142, Mayur Vihar Phase III and Kotla Road.
While approving the projects, Sisodia said, “Safety of commuters on Delhi roads is the priority of the Delhi government and PWD is continuously working to improve the city’s road infrastructure to ensure this. The department is regularly exploring new strategies to improve safety and aesthetics of all Delhi roads and is therefore creating a new central verge design that is aligned with global best practices.”
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He added that the officials have been directed to ensure that the design of the central verge adheres to all necessary standards and codes and should include well-trimmed and maintained shrubbery wherever feasible. All the safety measures will be taken during the construction to avoid any inconvenience to the commuters.
It is to be noted that central verges serve an aesthetic function in addition to providing better road safety. They work to prohibit the entry of vehicles in specific dangerous areas. They are one of the effective ways of controlling dense and high-speed traffic on roads. These central verges will be constructed from Zakhira Roundabout to the Tikri border on Rohtak Road (NH 10), MP Road No. 142, Mayur Vihar Phase III and from the Police station to Khichripur Bus Stand on Kotla Road.
PWD officials have been directed to ensure that the new medians are of a single colour with reflectors mounted at regular intervals. Their design will be in compliance with the latest IRC/UTTIPEC guidelines and where space permits, well trimmed and maintained shrubbery will be planted in the median. Additionally, at junctions and U-turns there will be a drop in height of the median to ensure improved visibility.
Cost of the project for the construction of new central verges: