Amid concerns over the timely completion of Commonwealth Games projects, New Delhi Mayor Prithvi Raj Sawhney has said the works related to the mega event entrusted to MCD will be over by June-end.
Though time and cost overruns are plaguing a number of Games projects being implemented by various agencies in the capital, the Mayor said the MCD would complete the projects in time as "top priority" is being given to them.
"Our objective is to complete most of the Games projects of MCD by May 31. But if some are not completed, we will definitely wrap up all the work by June 30. That is our final deadline," Sawhney told PTI.
"We have given top priority to Games projects and all our officials have been given instructions in this regard," he said. The Mayor said he expects adequate cooperation from the Delhi government for Games-related works.
The 68-year-old councillor from Janak Puri (South) municipal ward was elected as the new Mayor of Delhi on April 30.
Sawhney said he would give special focus to improving the sanitation standards of the city and ensure presence of adequate number of sanitary inspectors in each municipal ward.
"We want to present a clean and green Delhi before the visitors from abroad who will come for the Games in October. Not only the prestige of Delhi but that of the country is at stake," he said.
Asked about the financial health of the MCD, which apparently finding it difficult to pay dues to project contractors and give the Sixth Pay Commission arrears to its employees, he said the civic body has sought assistance from the Delhi government.
"We have already met Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and demanded an assistance of Rs 2,000 crore for paying pending salaries of MCD employees and under various heads like health and education," he said.