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Biggest face-lift since ’82 Asiad

Moushumi Das Gupta speaks to Union Urban Dev Secretary M Ramachandran about the challenges of carrying out Delhi’s biggest face-lift drive since the 1982 Asiad.

india Updated: Sep 14, 2008 22:50 IST
Moushumi Das Gupta

With little over two years left for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, civic agencies led by the Union Urban Development Ministry are racing against time to rev up the Capital’s infrastructure. Union Urban Development Secretary M Ramachandran spoke to Moushumi Das Gupta about the challenges of carrying out Delhi’s biggest face-lift drive since the 1982 Asiad.

How is the Urban Development Ministry gearing up for the Commonwealth Games?

The ministry is working through Central Public Works Department (CPWD) in getting the different stadiums ready. Besides, we are closely monitoring the work at the Games village; being carried out by DDA and the Delhi Metro, which is developing the airport express line connection. The Ministry is also coordinating various infrastructure projects being developed by Delhi government.

What is the role of the CPWD?

The CPWD is developing five stadiums at a cost of Rs 1,565 crore. These include the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium where the opening and closing ceremonies and events like athletics, weightlifting and lawn bowls will be held. The other venues are the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium for hockey, Indira Gandhi Sports Complex for gymnastics, cycling and wrestling, Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range for shooting and Dr. S.P .Mukherjee Swimming Complex for aquatics. Renovation/upgradation work at all these venues are on track and will be ready well on time.

Is the work reviewed from time to time?

The ministry at the secretary level reviews progress of all works once every month.