After weeks of criticism over slow work on Commonwealth Games-related projects, the Delhi government has gone on an overdrive to tackle different aspects of preparations.
Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus drivers will learn to speak English in the run up to Games 2010 and Delhiites may expect more organised roads.
Beautification and streetscaping of roads around 17 Games venues — especially around Indira Gandhi Stadium, ITO flyover to Ashram, IP Marg, IP Road, Velodrome Road, Kisan Ghat, Raj Ghat to ITO Flyover, around Khel gaon, Karni Singh Shooting range, yamuna Sports Complex, DU to Chattarsal Stadium, Bhairon Road, Khanna Tennis stadium, and Siri Fort Road is one of the major projects.
While this has been in the air for quite some time, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit stepped on the gas for the last three days, pushing ministers to finalise their plans.
“The streetscaping projects will be undertaken by the Delhi government and MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) jointly. We will spend Rs 334 crore on the upgradation of these areas to international standards,” said Delhi public works minister Raj Kumar Chauhan.
The DTC may also get Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) cover for its bus depots. Although no formal decision has been taken to request the Union home ministry so far, the issue was discussed in a meeting between senior DTC officials and Delhi transport minister Arvinder Singh Lovely.
According to senior DTC officials, 15 new modern bus depots will add to the existing 35 depots in Delhi before the Commonwealth Games in October 2010. Over 6,000 buses will be parked at these 560 depots.
“We have also decided to have closed circuit television cameras installed inside the depots and have barbed wire fencing to make the premises more secure,” Lovely said.
DTC will also train its drivers for the Games.
Lovely said a special training module has already been prepared to train them in behaviour, courtesy, efficiency and hospitality.
Drivers will also be given training in spoken English to facilitate conversing with visitors, the minister said.