When one part of Delhi got new roads and flyovers for the Commonwealth Games, the rest of Delhi paid for it.
While the PWD built the R500-crore Ring Road bypass (which will now benefit only dignitaries going to Rajghat and Shantivan), the DDA built a R90-crore flyover outside the Games village. This flyover has zero utility now while lakhs of people in northeast Delhi continue to suffer traffic jams on the narrow Yamuna bridge near Wazirabad.
In the past three years, the Delhi government has spent about R16,650 crore to improve the traffic situation and beautification of roads and areas near the Games venues. The rest of Delhi was ignored because it was nowhere near the Games Village or venues.
Construction agencies said their priority was to ensure that the Games venues and Village had smooth access.
The Dabri Morh flyover, the railway overbridge near Bijwasan, cloverleafs for Akshardham flyover, the approach bridges for Signature Bridge in northeast Delhi are some projects deemed not important enough.
The PWD also put off pedestrian bridges and focused on flyovers around the Games venues. "Now that the Games are over we’ll complete the remaining projects. Work on some pedestrian bridges has already begun," said a PWD engineer.
Though the official says all pending projects will be taken up on priority, who’ll fund them? Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit and finance minister AK Walia have already said the government does not have enough funds.
The MCD was also supposed to construct 16 road over and under bridges but could complete only one at Sewa Nagar. "We had to carry out the project in collaboration with the Railways at many proposed sites. We were not given clearance which resulted in delays," said an MCD official. Even the facilities the civic body created were badly planned. The pedestrian bridge near the JN stadium cost R2.62 crore, but is hardly used. "Why should I climb so many stairs when I can use the zebra crossing?" said Mahesh Singh, a Lodhi Colony resident.