Anil Baijal directs landscaping along roads, drain desilting

The Asian Age.

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The L-G also directed the PWD to start work on landscaping and beautification of all major roads in the city in a time-bound manner.

Anil Baijal

New Delhi: Lieutenant-governor Anil Baijal on Friday held a meeting to review the progress of desilting of drains in the national capital for the prevention of waterlogging. The L-G directed the Public Works Department (PWD) to prepare a roadmap for the cleaning of the drains based on its past learning for the next year. 

The CEO of Delhi Jal Board informed the L-G that PWD, DJB and local bodies are exploring the possibility of creating rainwater harvesting systems along the roadsides where water accumulates in large quantity, as a long-term solution for this problem. Regarding mechanical cleaning of drains, it was directed that new mechanical machines should be procured at the earliest. 

The L-G also directed the PWD to start work on landscaping and beautification of all major roads in the city in a time-bound manner. Mr Baijal directed the public works department (PWD) to hire consultants, who will submit their report within one month for executing the work.

The directions were issued at a meeting chaired by the L-G. The meeting was attended by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, chief secretary M.M. Kutty and other senior officers.

During the meeting, the engineer-in-chief (PWD) informed that the work will commence from February next year after obtaining various approvals and clearances.

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“The LG directed that landscaping central verging of all major roads including minor roads (60-80 feet) of Delhi which are about 1,280 km length shall be taken up by PWD simultaneously in a time-bound manner,” the LG office said in a statement. It was stressed that the quality of greening and landscaping of the roads should be uniform.

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