NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and
union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday, 10th November 2015, inaugurated a six-lane elevated
road that was to cost Rs.247 crore but ended up costing only Rs.143 crore.
Speaking on the
occasion, Kejriwal gave due credit for the project to his predecessor and
Congress leader Sheila Dikshit while Naidu of the BJP praised the Delhi
government for completing the road on a reduced budget.
The 1.6-km road on
the Ring Road connects Azadpur and Prembari Pul in north Delhi. It is expected
to cut down commuting time as it will bypass three major intersections at Ashok
Vihar, Shalimar Bagh and Keshav Puram.
Addressing the gathering, Kejriwal said: "The
credit for this elevated road from Azadpur to Shalimar Bagh goes to Shiela
Dikshit. The foundation stone was laid in June 2013 during Dikshit’s tenure.
cost for the project was Rs.247 crore but it was completed at an actual cost of
Rs.142 crore by Delhi's PWD (Public Works Department).
unbelievable,” Kejriwal went on. “This can happen only in an honest government.”
Naidu also praised
Delhi government’s PWD for completing the project at a lesser cost.
“It is for the
first time I came to know that a project of Rs.250 crore was completed in
Rs.150 crore. I congratulate the Delhi government’s PWD department for this
achievement,” Naidu said.
The project was
delayed for months as it was pending before the National Green Tribunal, which
did not give permission to cut trees.
The PWD had sought
permission to cut around 1,200 trees but was permitted to fell around 700
Dikshit was Delhi's
chief minister for 15 long years before Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ousted
her government in December 2013, with Kejriwal himself defeating Dikshit. But
Kejriwal resigned after just 49 days.
The AAP again took
power in Delhi in February this year with a full majority.