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Now mechanised sweeper to keep Ring Road clean

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17 more flyovers and many foot-over bridges with escalators in the offing

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday flagged off the world's most advanced high-speed mechanised sweeper at Majnu Ka Tila in North Delhi for maintenance of the 87 km long stretch of Ring Road and Outer Ring Road. It was also announced that 17 new flyovers and several foot-over bridges with escalators would be constructed in various parts of Delhi.

With this, Delhi has become the first city in the country to start mechanised sweeping and maintenance of its roads. The sweeper Duleuo 5000 along with other machines will now be visible in action keeping important sections of roads clean and well maintained.

Speaking on this occasion, Ms. Dikshit observed that Delhi was leading the entire nation in the development process. She said new technology was being utilised to ensure that roads were not only maintained but are made more presentable. These machines, apart from sweeping, will ensure immediate repair of roads in case of accidents, rains and natural calamities. She added that comprehensive maintenance work of roads has been entrusted to an agency for a period of three years whose performance will be evaluated on a quarterly basis.

The company will provide round-the-clock service to take care of complaints. The agency will also be responsible for civil and electrical maintenance and round-the-clock watch and ward of all subways maintained by the Public Works Department.

Apart from this, the agency will be responsible for removal of fallen trees and dead animals with the help of mobile maintenance units, maintenance of road signs and railings, regular washing and painting of flyovers and subways, twice a week cleaning of roads including footpath, monitoring permission for road cuts, greenery, round-the-clock patrolling by vehicles equipped with arrangements for first-aid and communication system and deployment of security guards for preventing theft and keep a watch on encroachments.

Finance and PWD Minister A. K. Walia said comprehensive maintenance of 47 km of Ring Road and 40 km of Outer Ring Road is being entrusted to a single agency.

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