Budget for Delhi: FM Gahlot Announces Three Double-Decker Flyovers and Allocation of Rs. 9,000 Cr. for the Transportation Sector
The Delhi government on Wednesday unveiled the ninth straight Aam Aadmi Party budget, totaling Rs 78,800 crore for the fiscal year 2023–2024.
Kailash Gahlot, the finance minister for Delhi and the minister in charge of transportation, announced the allocation of Rs 320 crore for three double-decker flyovers when he presented his first budget.
Flyovers involving two decks
The lowest deck of the double-decker structure will be set aside for vehicle traffic, while the top deck will be used for the metro trains.
These flyovers are expected to save taxpayers up to Rs 121, according to official estimates.
The roads that these double-decker flyovers will cross include those from Saket to Pul Prahladpur, Azadpur to Rani Jhansi junctions, and Bhajanpura to Yamuna Vihar.
other significant infrastructure announcements
In addition to this, the government will build 1,600 electric buses and 26 new flyovers. They would be carried out with the DMRC's assistance.
Moreover, the government will build world-class ISBTs, electrify bus depots, eliminate landfills, and clean up the Yamuna.
concentrating on the transportation industry
An aggregate budget of Rs 9,000 crore has been set out for the transport industry.
In addition, the creation of three ISBTs with amenities akin to airports and a mohalla bus program to guarantee last-mile connection are in the works.
By 2025, Delhi will have a 10,480-bus bus fleet in operation. There are now 7,319 buses in the city.
"Electric buses will make up 80% of them. The city will introduce a special "mohalla bus" program to provide last-mile connection. 100 "mohalla" e-buses will be introduced as part of the program in 2023–2024, and 2,180 more will be added during the following two years, he said.
The minister also said that Sarai Kale Khan and Kashmere Gate ISBTs will be upgraded into bus ports with airport-like amenities in addition to the 57 bus depots getting e-vehicle charging stations.
Due to the approaching G20 activities taking place in the city's capital, the infrastructure of the city has also been a major focus of this year's budget.
first budget for Gahlot
The budget for the Delhi government in 2022–2023 was Rs. 75,800 crore, compared to Rs. 69,000 crore the year before.
Gahlot delivered the budget for the first time since taking over the finance division after Manish Sisodia, the deputy chief minister, resigned after being detained by the CBI in connection with the Delhi excise policy fraud case.