The development work undertaken by the Centre is changing the face of Delhi and modernising the national capital, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (June 19).
Speaking after inaugurating the main tunnel and five underpasses of the Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor project in Delhi, Modi cited a number of initiatives, including the eastern and western peripheral expressways, more than doubling of metro tracks in Delhi-NCR and the Delhi-Meerut highway, among other initiatives, as steps taken by his government to solve the region’s infrastructure problems.
Delhi has received a beautiful infrastructure gift from the central government, the PM said after inaugurating the project. He noted that the project will help save 55 lakh litres of fuel and cut down pollution.
Modi said his government looks at boosting urbanisation as an opportunity and has been working to provide ease of living for the people.
The inauguration of the 1.6-km-long tunnel, which will be Delhi’s first, will allow commuters travelling to India Gate and other central Delhi areas from east Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad to avoid traffic snarls at ITO, Mathura Road and Bhairon Marg, and thereby save time, fuel and money.
“Time is money,” Modi said, pointing out that if the government announces ₹100 for people, then it makes headlines but if ₹200 is saved, it is not talked about much.
Modi also praised the artwork adorning the tunnel and underpasses, and suggested it should be closed for traffic for a few hours on Sundays to enable people to take a look at the art.
The Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor project has been built at a cost of more than ₹920 crore and is entirely funded by the central government.
It is aimed at providing hassle-free and smooth access to the new world-class exhibition and convention centre being developed at Pragati Maidan. This will help exhibitors and visitors to participate in the programmes being held there.