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PWD to hire security firm to thwart squatters on model roads | Delhi News

New Delhi: To prevent encroachments on the newly redeveloped 16 model road stretches, the Public Works Department hass expedited the process of hiring a security firm.
According to officials, the security agency would initially be hired for just two stretches and later extended to the other roads. “In the first phase, we plan to hire security personnel for two roads on an experimental basis. After looking at the challenges and other issues, agencies will be hired for the other roads,” said a PWD official.
On road number 59 in Wazirabad, which has been redeveloped at a cost of around Rs 12 crore, the streetscaping work is nearly final, but there is heavy encroachment on it. PWD is also in talks with Archaeological Survey of India regarding the element on the road, which is inspired by the tomb of Shah Alam.
“We are going to work with police to secure the roads. Road number 59 is encroached upon, so we are getting a security agency for it on high priority. The encroachments would require an earthmover to remove them,” said the official.
Under the streetscaping project at Vikas Marg, two-wheelers are being parked on the green belt. The staff deployed on these two roads will also take care of the cleanliness of granite, mild steel street elements and plants on the green belt for the next six months.
The roads were taken up for revamp after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal showed keenness in turning them on a par with European standards. After the model stretches turn successful, around 540 kilometres of roads across the city would be beautified on the same lines. Delhi government has 1,300 kilometres of roads under its jurisdiction, while other stretches are under different government agencies.

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