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Costly furniture gathers dust

Authority did not have any plan for furniture worth crores after the 2010 Game.

delhi Updated: Mar 11, 2012 02:04 IST
Sidhartha Roy

The decks might have been cleared for the flat owners at the Games Village, but there is still a hindrance posed by its existing occupants — the furniture brought during the event.

The 1,168 flats in the residential complex, which housed foreign athletes and officials during the 2010 Commonwealth Games, were furnished with international-standard furniture, worth approximately Rs 50 crore. Though the visitors left after the event was over in October 2010, the furniture is still gathering dust in the flats and basement.

The flats were built under the PPP model between the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and developer Emaar MGF. Due to a dispute over the alleged extra construction by Emaar MGF, DDA had withheld the completion certificates for Games Village towers. The authority, however, was directed by the Delhi High Court to expedite the process, after which it has issued certificates to 20 towers that have 659 flats. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/3/11_03_pg-03a.jpg

“The issue of furniture, belonging to both DDA and Emaar MGF, still remains in the flats,” said a senior official associated with the project.

“Only the DDA can decide their fate, before which the flats cannot be handed over to their owners,” he added.

Each flat contains two single beds, side tables, sofa, wardrobe, dining table, chairs and mattresses, apart from other fittings and small furnishings.

The furniture was procured by the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) on behalf of the DDA. Most of the furniture is still locked inside the flats, even though many were moved to the basement. Strangely, the DDA did not have a plan for the thousands of furniture pieces worth crores after the 15-day sporting event was over.

The Comptroller and Auditor General report on Games had also pointed out that there is no legacy plans for furniture and fixtures procured for the flats.

The DDA said it would soon come up with a policy on how to deal with the furniture. “These processes take time and we have to formulate a policy on whether the furniture should be disposed of or provided along with the flats to the buyers,” said a senior DDA official, who did not wish to be named.