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Anna recovering, Ramlila to follow suit

delhi Updated: Aug 31, 2011 01:21 IST
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Thanks to anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare, the venue where he sat on an indefinite hunger strike, is all set to be revamped.
The Ramlila Maidan, which is maintained by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), was in the limelight for the 11 days on which Hazare sat on his fast.

The civic agency has now chalked out an elaborate plan to revamp the 13.5 acre ground, which includes levelling the ground, provision of toilet blocks, improving the current podium, and carrying out

greenery work.

“The ground, which is home to several rallies and functions, will now undergo a complete ground levelling so that the area looks smooth,” said a senior MCD official.

The lack of necessities within the ground premises came to light during Hazare’s agitation.

While no renovation activity has taken place since the ground was constructed in 1961, the civic body has, this time, decided to undertake an overall repair of the drainage system within the ground premises and upgrade the stage from its current state to a marble one.

“An inspection of the ground was carried out on Tuesday and an estimate is being prepared, which will be completed — on the direction of the MCD commissioner — by Friday. The funds for the improvement work will be issued soon,” said the official, adding that the drainage system needed urgent improvement to stop rain water from accumulated inside the ground.

“Two toilet blocks, having 46 units each, on each side of the ground will be set up at the spot where the temporary kitchen and medical health camp were set up by the organisers. The area behind the stage will also be converted into a green zone,” he said.

The officer added that once the estimate was made, the horticulture department would start on the work of making the area green.