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Countdown begins as Delhi dazzles for the Games

delhi Updated: Oct 01, 2010 17:11 IST
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No more "filth" in the Games Village or debris and slush on the streets -- the national capital is finally wearing a shining refurbished look ready to welcome the visitors for the Commonwealth Games.

The city known for its numerous Mughal and British era monuments and buildings is now dotted with modern designer foot overbridges and flyovers, sleek street furniture and elaborate decorative signages.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the New Delhi Municipal Council and the Public Works Department have mostly undertaken the new infrastructure projects. Leaving complaints about delay, lack of quality control and overspending behind, most of the projects are now over.

The heritage shopping district Connaught Place has got a fresh coat of white paint and its facade has been restored. The NDMC, which is carrying out the 450 crore project, has said the remaining work will be done after the Games.

The posh Khan Market in south Delhi as well as the Khanna Market, Janpath Market and Tibetan Market were also revamped while some parts of the facade and parking area have been improved in Shankar Market near CP.

All the three agencies have carried out extensive road improvement, strengthening and dense-carpeting while streetscaping has been conducted on major roads.

The NDMC did streetscaping on 10 major roads while the MCD, which has spent over 700 crore on Games projects, has carried out streetscaping on ten roads near Chhatrasal and Rugby Stadium, four near Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, two each near Thyagraj Stadium and Karni Singh Shooting Range and five near R K Khanna Stadium, officials said.

It has also undertaken streetscaping on 28 roads on tourist hubs Karol Bagh and Paharganj besides improving areas near hotels and guest houses with installation of new tiles to designate parking areas and underground ducting of cables though officials admit that more work could have been done in the areas which are frequented by tourists.

The Games has given town planners an opportunity to experiment with modern street furniture like self-illuminating structure near Indraprastha Park, terracotta pillars-cum-lanterns on Mother Teresa Crescent or Games mural work on rotaries on Shankar Road.

An MCD official said the civic has body has installed information kioks on several streetscaped roads while along with a private group, 40 info-cafes have been put up across the city which will sell Delhi memorabilia during the Games. Pavement upgrading with multi-colour tiles have changed the look of many localities.