Cong, BJP bicker over MCD Games projects’ deadline
Congress councillors on Wednesday alleged that none of the Commonwealth Games projects under Municipal Corporation of Delhi would be able to meet their deadline due to the slow progress of work.delhi Updated: Jul 09, 2009 00:10 IST
Congress councillors on Wednesday alleged that none of the Commonwealth Games projects under Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) would be able to meet their deadline due to the slow progress of work.
These include 16 multi-level parking sites and 24 conventional ones, beautification and streetscaping of roads, Chandni Chowk redevelopment plan among others.
Meanwhile, MCD commissioner KS Mehra said the civic body was carrying out its work on war footing and would finish all the projects before deadline.
“Work has not even started on any of the (Games) projects under MCD Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Marg beautification project pertaining to decongestion of Old Delhi Railway Station has not taken-off as yet along with the Jama Masjid redevelopment plan,” said leader of opposition JK Sharma.
“As far as creating 16 multi-level parking sites goes, the Kamla Nagar car parking which was inaugurated more than two years ago is still awaiting environmental clearance.
“None of the 24 conventional car-parking sites are nearing completion. We have collected Rs 700 crore as conversion charges from people but have not been able to provide them with basic facilities.”
Refuting these claims, Mehra said the parking being created near Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium would finish as per deadline and the work of putting-up streetlights had begun with phase-I having already been completed. Jama Masjid project had also been given clearance by DUAC, he said.
“We have to get clearances for signages from the government and the 16 railway overbridges/underbridges will be completed within the next two years.
“We have received around Rs 87 crore for streetscaping of roads and will begin work soon. Our door-to-door segregation project will also begin by July 20 in Rohini and Civil Lines zones and will be extended to other zones by December,” Mehra said.