They built it in haste and are demolishing it faster. Now that the Commonwealth Games are over, agencies in the city are going back to their old ways of demolishing finished work to complete their incomplete projects.
The digging exercise that started before the Games is yet to end, where Transco — the power transmission utility — is concerned, as it that has gone on a digging spree in the city. The latest victim of the digging being carried out by Transco is the Ring Road stretch between Bhairon Marg crossing and Sarai Kale Khan that was beautified by the Public Works Department (PWD), days before the Games.
As this was one of the main roads leading to the Games Village, huge amounts of money were spent in beautifying it. The civic body had also installed a self-illuminating modern art structure called Pencile here. A total of R267 crore was spent by PWD across the city in streetscaping its roads and footpaths. A majority of this amount was spent on beautifying this and other stretches in East Delhi.
The power transmission utility has dug up the entire sidewalk on the Ring Road, where Pencile was put up.
"Transco was supposed to complete all the work before the Games but they couldn't. We had laid good quality grass on the sidewalks, which has now been dug up by them. The entire sidewalk has been damaged beyond repair," said a senior PWD official.
"We are going to send them a notice to carry out the restoration work. But it still won't be able to match up to the quality of work that had been done earlier," the official added. According to Transco officials, they are working as per their schedule, wherein they are connecting a Maharani Bagh 400 KV station at Sarai Kale Khan to Electric Lane near Tolstoy Marg. The work of laying the underground cables is on, for which they have dug up the entire sidewalk.
But the digging work will not end there. Transco will be digging up sidewalks in Ashram, India Gate and Canning Lane in the coming few days. "Before the Games, we had laid the underground pipes. Due to the Games, we had to stop work. We are inserting the cables now. It is an important work and has to be done now," said an official.
PWD officials are sceptical whether restoration work will be done by Transco. "There have been many instances in the past where Transco has dug up roads to lay underground pipes and didn't restore it later. We are hoping they will restore this stretch,' said an official.
In December, too, Transco had dug up the Kasturba Gandhi Marg stretch, Outer Ring Road and Electric Lane.