East Delhi roads to be spruced up

East Delhi roads to be spruced up

Semi-permanent street furniture will be installed at many places

Aimed at providing better civic amenities to the residents and beautification of roads, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation has decided to install state of-the-art toilets, litter bins, multi-purpose kiosks, information and advertisement panels and street benches at all the arterial roads in east Delhi.

The project would involve development of six types of semi-permanent ‘street furniture’ –  fancy benches, public convenience, multi-purpose kiosks, vending kiosks, advertisement and information panels – on public private partnership (PPP) basis for a period of 15 years.

“Not only will this initiative improve the civic amenities, it would also increase revenue. Since the project would be implemented on the Design, Build, Own, Operate and Maintain (DBOOM) basis, the entire cost and maintenance of the project would be borne by the concessionaire which would be awarded the project through open bidding,” said commissioner of EDMC, S S Yadav.   
Civic body’s engineering department is giving final touches to the proposal, which would later be cleared from the standing committee. The corporation expects to earn a handsome revenue from the project.
“We have decided to fix the reserve price for the project at Rs 50 lakh per month. We are confident that the revenue generated per annum would be more than Rs 6 crore,” said

The officials said the ‘street furniture’ would be installed in the vicinity of all major markets and landmark venues in east Delhi, depending on the usage of the facility. The bidders have to work out the design and nature of the street furniture which would be submitted as part of the technical bid,” a senior corporation official said.

Street furniture would be installed at roads belonging to both the corporation and other agencies like PWD. “We have already consulted the public welfare department over the issue. We would share 25 percent revenue against kiosks which would be installed on roads owned by the PWD,”
Yadav said.