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Can MCD meet July 31 deadline?

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has claimed it would meet the Chief Minister's July 31 deadline but dug up roads and construction material strewn all over the city tell a different story.

delhi Updated: Jul 17, 2010 01:53 IST
HT Correspondent

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has claimed it would meet the Chief Minister's July 31 deadline but dug up roads and construction material strewn all over the city tell a different story.

On Friday, Mayor Prithvi Raj Sawhney, senior MCD leaders and some bureaucrats inspected the progress of work being done by the civic agency. With just 77 days left for the Commonwealth Games, the civic agency was found struggling to meet its deadlines on some of its projects.

The bus parking bay near the main sports venue, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, is almost over but the redevelopment work in several lanes in Paharganj and Karol Bagh in Central Delhi is still incomplete.

However, the civic agency maintained that they would meet their July 31 deadline.

"The work has been up to satisfaction. There is no question of missing the deadline," Leader of MCD House Subhash Arya said.

Right in the middle of monsoon, the MCD had started digging lanes in Paharganj and Karol Bagh at the behest of BSES, who are going to lay underground electrical wires.

The work has just begun and it would be difficult to finish it in time. Even senior MCD leaders agreed that work in these areas needed to be done faster.

"There is a need to increase the pace of work in respect with Karol Bagh and Paharganj. In some areas, road digging work is posing a problem," Arya said.

The crucial redevelopment work in hotels and guesthouses near Paharganj was only half finished in some lanes and construction material strewn on the streets.

The MCD had installed pebbled stretches beside lanes for parking cars and carried out underground ducting of cables in these areas.

In some areas, local residents alleged that the MCD took several months to lay pebbles and ducting work had just started in some areas.

"They only show the media parts where work has been done. The digging work has led to breaching of sewer and water lines in our area," said Shyam Kumar Yadav, a Paharganj resident.