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Many 2010 Games projects yet to take off

delhi Updated: Jul 08, 2008 00:57 IST
Moushumi Das Gupta
Moushumi Das Gupta
Hindustan Times
Many 2010 Games projects yet to take off

The 2010 Commonwealth Games might just be two years from now, but the pace at which the different agencies — responsible for putting up the games related infrastructure in place — are going ahead with their work belies that fact.

The building plans of a number of games related infrastructure is yet to be cleared by the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) because of flaws in the design plan.

For instance, the building plan of the weightlifting stadium inside Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium complex is yet to be approved. Reason: The Central Public Works Department (CPWD), which is developing the stadium, is yet to submit the mandatory papers related to the proposed project.

Despite repeated insistence of the DUAC, the agency is yet to clarify on aspects like parking facilities inside the stadium. The agency has also not provided details about the overall traffic management plan to be provided in the area.

The DUAC has also not approved the building plan of hostel block/media accommodation at JLN stadium complex.

This is not all. The DUAC is yet to approve the layout plans for upgrading and renovating the Indira Gandhi Stadium complex. It had pointed out loopholes in the CPWD’s proposal, which the latter has not addressed even now.

The commission had pointed out that there was a basic problem in entry and exit to the stadium complex. The DUAC had asked for a better accessibility plan for the stadium.

The building plan of the wrestling stadium inside the complex is also hanging fire. This stadium is also being developed by the CPWD.

One of the most important projects — to improve the entry/exit of Commonwealth Games Village with National Highway-24 in Trans Yamuna area — has also not got the green signal. In its last meeting, the DUAC said the plan was unclear and did not address all traffic-related issues.