New road repair and cleanliness initiative spark credit war between AAP and LG



The Delhi government will implement a weekly action plan under which the city’s roads will be regularly repaired, maintained and cleaned by the Public Works Department (PWD) and civic bodies.

The initiative, however, brought to the surface the simmering fight between Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena and the AAP waiver – this time over who gets the credit.

Announcing the action plan in the morning, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that every Saturday each agency will ensure that one road in each of its areas is repaired and spotlessly clean.

Kejriwal’s campaign announcement was followed by a statement from the Lieutenant Governor’s office that Saxena hoped that an order to repair, maintain and clean “one road per area/division each week” released on his instructions on Thursday will bring much needed and long overdue relief to Delhi residents and commuters.

“It is strange that LG is fighting for appropriations on issues that fall directly under the Government of Delhi, but has failed miserably in improving the law and order situation, improving Delhi’s cleanliness or controlling corruption. at the MCD,” an AAP waiver source said.

“Delhi Government’s weekly action plan to make the city’s roads excellent. Every Saturday, each agency (PWD, MCD) will work to make every road under their jurisdiction excellent,” Kejriwal tweeted.

The statement from LG’s office said the Chief Secretary’s order for road maintenance campaign came following LG’s meeting with relevant officials earlier this week.

“LG also applauded the seamless coordination put in place between the various road-owning agencies in keeping the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister on board,” the statement read.

The repair and maintenance campaign will address potholes, damaged sidewalks and central shoulder, green roofing, paintwork, lampposts, roadside reflectors as well as maintenance of utilities like toilets and water vending machines, the statement said.

Regular and ongoing maintenance and cleanliness of these roads through the removal of rubbish, C&D (construction and demolition) waste and sewer silt should be done by involving Market Welfare Associations (MWAs) and the RWAs.

The exercise action plan will be submitted to LG by July 12 and will be reviewed at regular intervals, he said.

Government sources, however, said the issue of road repairs was discussed between the Chief Secretary and PWD Minister Manish Sisodia two days ago. “It seems cheap for LG to fight for credit like this,” a source said.

According to an official notification, the roads in the city require the attention of relevant agencies such as the Public Works Department (PWD), Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and New Delhi City Council (NDMC).

The work progress will be uploaded to a portal by the relevant organization, said the notification issued by Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar.

Once the roads are repaired, maintained or improvised, the relevant organization should ensure their regular cleaning and maintenance, he said.

The Delhi government said in a statement that civic agencies including the PWD have been asked to provide comprehensive maintenance and repair of one road every week in their jurisdiction.

“The Kejriwal government is committed to providing a smooth transportation experience for the people of Delhi. For this, it is important to have well-maintained and clean roads that do not become a source of inconvenience for the residents,” said the MP CM Manish Sisodia.

This initiative will be helpful in making the city’s roads better, safer and more beautiful, he said.

This will be an ongoing process that will continue as the roads require. The agencies will submit a weekly completion report to the government, Sisodia added.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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