The Delhi government has decided to cover two open drains in the vicinity of the Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium and use the space for parking buses ferrying sportspersons and spectators to the venue. This will provide parking space for 576 buses during the Commonwealth Games. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will take up the project.
The Delhi Cabinet approved an amount of Rs 325.50 crore for the project, which is expected to be completed by March 2010 before the onset of the games. The two open drains – Kushak Nullah behind the JLN stadium and Sunheri Bagh Nullah (Lala Lajpat Rai Marg to Dyal Singh College along Lodhi Road) – will be covered. The drains will be covered by first building pillars and then laying concrete slabs on them.
“This is not a very complicated process and can be replicated all over Delhi,” said a senior government official.
MCD is planning to convert the Safdarjung Aerodrome area into a temporary parking area to make space for the spectators, who turn up at the area for the inaugural and closing ceremony of the Games. MCD standing committee chairman Vijender Gupta said the project should have been handed to the MCD earlier. “But we will try to expedite the work,” said Gupta.
The Delhi Cabinet also approved the construction of the second phase of the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) at Vasant Kunj. CM Sheila Dikshit said the Cabinet has also approved a proposal for setting up of a Science & Technology Park on PPP Model at NSIT Campus, Dwarka.