With less than three months left for Commonwealth Games and most of the key projects running behind schedule, a jittery Delhi Government has stepped up pressure on the implementing agencies to complete the work as soon as possible.
The uneasiness in the government is evident from the fact that Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit as well as her senior ministerial colleagues have conducted several rounds of inspections of key projects in the last few days and asked the agencies involved in implementation of the projects to pull up their socks.
On Thursday, Dikshit visited the important Barapullah Nallah elevated road project while Finance Minister A K Walia and Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely took stock of other key projects in East Delhi.
Walia today reviewed the progress of all projects being implemented by civic agency MCD, including street-scapping projects at Jawaharlal Nehru Marg from Rajghat to Ajmeri Gate, D B Gupta road from Ajmeri Gate to Paharganj, Chitragupt road, Panchkuian road, Pusa road, Shankar road, Ridge road, Church road and Safdarjung Development area.
During the inspection, Walia directed top officials of MCD to strictly finish all the projects within the set deadline without compromising on the quality of work.
Walia also inspected the parking facility being built by the MCD over Kushak and Sunheri Nallah near the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, the venue for Opening and Closing ceremonies of the Games. MCD officials told Walia that all construction activities at parking facility will be completed by July 15.
He also expressed his displeasure on heaps of construction wastes and garbage lying in and around the project sites.
Walia said all projects of MCD are in the advance stage and are likely to be completed by end of this month. The Minister later said he will increase frequency of inspections so as to ensure that implementing agencies do not become complacent.
Yesterday Walia and Lovely had inspected progress of various projects in trans-Yamuna area.
Earlier this month, Dikshit had assigned specific tasks to all her cabinet colleagues to monitor projects linked to the Commonwealth Games and ensure their timely completion.