New parking lots, roads behind Games deadline
The MCD has said it may not be able to meet the Commonwealth Games deadline for several projects, citing delayed clearance from the central and Delhi government, reports Neelam Pandey.delhi Updated: Sep 04, 2008 00:28 IST
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has said it may not be able to meet the Commonwealth Games deadline for several projects, citing delayed clearance from the central and Delhi government.
The civic agency is supposed to complete railway/road overbridges and underbridges at 16 locations across the city.
The project has hit yet another roadblock with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) raising objection to one of the road underbridge project at Sarai Kale Khan.
Of the 16 road underbridges, work has started on only one till date.
The civic body is awaiting official clearance from the railway board to start work on nine other underbridges.
In addition, the MCD also needs to construct 15 multi-level car parking sites before 2010. These have been in the pipeline since 2004.
But the slow speed at which the civic body is carrying out the work is evident from the fact work on only one parking lot at Kamla Nagar has started to date.
Mayor Arti Mehra is now planning to write to the Prime Minister.
“The games-related projects are moving at a snail’s pace and all the blame is being shifted on the MCD without realising that, without official clearance from various agencies, we cannot start work. The project files are taking months to move from one department to another. I will be writing a letter to the Prime Minister in this regard,” she said.
The civic agency has been allocated Rs 214 crore for carrying out various games-related projects. Mehra said she would be requesting the PM that a deadline of three days be made mandatory for putting such projects on the fast track.
“There are a number of ministries that need to give us approval before we can start work on the projects such as the Delhi government, environment and railways, among others. There has to be a coordinated effort,” added Mehra.