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Opened but still under construction

delhi Updated: Sep 24, 2010 23:25 IST
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Once out of Games village the delegates and athletes will take only five minutes to reach the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium — the main venue for the Commonwealth Games. The newly opened elevated Barapullah Nulla Road, built at a cost of R498 crore, has ensured this.

But an ugly site will await them once they ascend the four-kilometre-long elevated road. The lack of coordination between two civic agencies has left a muddy field below the elevated road with work still being carried out on Friday. After missing several deadlines, the 4-km-long Barapullah Nullah elevated road was formally opened on Friday but not in a complete form.

On Saturday, after delegates hop in the red-coloured air conditioned buses from Games Village and reach the elevated road, 3 km away from the Village, they would be greeted with bulldozers ploughing the land and workers criss-crossing the muddy field with potted plants in their last-ditch attempt to beautify it.

The drainage on the road is yet to be fixed and gaps are still being cemented.

"The beautification work was supposed to be done by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), we had to construct the elevated road," said Raj Kumar Chauhan, minister, public works department (PWD).

The DDA claimed their work could not be completed soon on time due to the rains. "The DDA has almost completed the work but it was slightly delayed due to the rains. The connecting bridge by the PWD is yet to be built," said DDA spokesperson Neemo Dhar.

DDA officials said they were handed over the land quite late so they could not complete the work. "The drainage pipes are yet to be fixed. There are gaps in the cemented boundary walls, we have been asked to complete it as soon as possible. But it will take time," said Deepak Kumar, a labourer who was fixing the walls on the elevated road.