Thursday, November 5, 2009

New Plans to Beautify Space under Flyovers

With the vast unoccupied spaces under flyovers becoming a haven for beggars and miscreants, the Delhi government is now planning to seek the help of private players to beautify these in the run-up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

There are around 45 flyovers under the jurisdiction of the Delhi government. And even as decades have passed, the concerned departments have hardly carried out landscaping and greening exercises under these flyovers. PWD minister Raj Kumar Chauhan is now exploring the possibility of involving private players to take over the beautification and landscaping of flyovers along with maintenance of the spaces under them. In return, the private company would be given advertising rights.

According to sources, a presentation on this was made before the minister by a private firm on Wednesday. The plan talks of landscaping clubbed with street furniture and use of varied plants to give flyovers an attractive profile. The government will take a decision after studying the presentation and has asked the company to put up a detailed report on the proposal. Sources said if the proposal comes through, flyovers and subways close to the Games venues will be top priority.