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'There are no deadlines anymore'

After missing deadlines for the umpteenth time, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has found a new way to save them from public ire. They have decided not to follow any deadlines for their projects. Neelam Pandey reports.

delhi Updated: Aug 30, 2010 23:59 IST
Neelam Pandey

They might not be meeting their deadlines but they have learnt from their mistakes.

After missing deadlines for the umpteenth time, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has found a new way to save them from public ire. They have decided not to follow any deadlines for their projects.

As deadlines for the Games projects keep getting pushed further, the civic agency is far from showing any sense of urgency to finish the Games related projects.

The legislative wing of the agency has claimed that work will be on till the games start. Civic agencies are still racing against time to complete projects at many Games sites including Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, which would host the opening and closing ceremony among other events.

"The Delhi chief minister has been giving new deadlines every single day for various projects. There is no point in setting deadlines and then not sticking to it. As far as MCD is concerned, we are sure we will complete all the projects before Games," said Yogender Chandolia, chairman of standing committee of the MCD.

"We are not setting any deadline now."

The civic agency still has a lot of work to finish before the games, including streetscaping, sprucing up the area in Paharganj and Karol Bagh, installing street furniture, horticulture work, laying new roads, etc. The MCD officials said it would take another 20 days to complete all the work as digging work in many areas was still on.

"We are trying to finish as much work as possible. But there is complete lack of co-ordination among various agencies," said a senior MCD official.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had recently said there would be no deviation in the deadline.