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MCD says will meet June 30 deadline

delhi Updated: Jun 01, 2010 01:49 IST
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Commonwealth Games

As the deadline to complete the Commonwealth Games projects draws near, the MCD has claimed that all projects will be finished by June 30.

However, a status report unveiled by it showed uneven progress in streetscaping work.

Dwelling on Games projects worth Rs 939.59 crore undertaken by MCD, Municipal commissioner K S Mehra said that the work will be completed by the June 30 deadline. “The work on the bus parking, after covering Sunehari and Khushak nullah near Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, is 85 per cent over and we hope to inaugurate it soon,” he said.

The report showed that the progress of work varies from 65 to 100 per cent on various components of streetscaping—like drainage, dense carpeting, footpath and central verge—on four roads near JLN Stadium, two near Karni Singh Shooting Range, two near Thyagraj Stadium and five near R K Khanna tennis Stadium.

However, the progress is only 25 per cent or 35 per cent on other components. A foot overbridge near JLN Stadium is only 47 per cent complete.

The status of streetscaping on 12 roads near Chhatrasal Stadium and DU varies from 18 per cent to 100 per cent.

“All streetscaping projects will be over by June 30. Work is going on at a fast pace to improve areas near hotels and guest houses in Karol Bagh, Paharganj and City Zone,” Mehra said.

He, however, said that Chandni Chowk’s redevelopment would be done in two phases — footpath beautification and related works before the Games and the rest after it.

He said the stalls along the road would be given a symmetrical look.

“If work is not carried out in Chandni Chowk it will leave a bad impression,” said Suman Gupta, Chandni Chowk councillor.

The civic body officials asserted that the SP Mukherjee Road in Chandni Chowk is being developed as a model road with separate lanes for motorised, non-motorised vehicles and pedestrians and said once the work is over, traffic congestion will ease in the area.