With the Commonwealth Games less than six months away and half of Delhi’s roads and footpaths still dug up for improvement and renovation, the Delhi Government finally seems to have woken from its slumber.
Concerned about the mindless digging all around, the chief minister’s office has asked civic and construction agencies that money not be wasted on duplication of projects.
In a communiqué on behalf of the chief minister, P.K.Tripathi, principal secretary to Sheila Dikshit, has asked the agencies to restrain from wasting money on redoing roads and footpaths, repaired only a few months ago.
The communiqué has been sent after the CM’s office was flooded with complaints of unnecessary digging of roads on pretext of laying electricity cables, telephone cables or replacing water and sewer lines.
According to an estimate, construction and civic agencies are spending close to Rs 600 crore on sprucing up roads around the Commonwealth Games village and venues.
Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta has also asked the agencies to immediately remove debris and construction material dumped on roadsides.
To check unnecessary digging, Tripathi has suggested a new construction rule that agencies will have to follow.
“All construction agencies have been asked to plan projects in the beginning of the financial year and share that information to all other agencies concerned,” said a public works department official.
“The road owning agency of the stretch where the construction has been prosed will be the nodal agency and it will coordinate with other agencies to ensure that there is no duplication of work,” he added.
The official, however, cautioned that it might not be easy for construction agencies t plan so much in advance.