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Dig, dig, but don’t relay

Barely two kilometers away from the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, the main venue for the Commonwealth Games, the South Extension market is in complete disarray.
By Mallica Joshi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2010 12:46 AM IST

Barely two kilometers away from the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, the main venue for the Commonwealth Games, the South Extension market is in complete disarray.

The service lane in South Extension Part I and in some areas of Part II was dug up to lay electricity lines in March. The work is over but the road has still not been relaid.

The pits have merely been filled with debris and stones which have filled up with water after the record rains.

In South Extension Part I, the drains are also lying open and are in a state of disrepair.

"Water has stagnated in the drains that have been lying open for the last many days. The work was supposed to have been completed a long time back but nothing has happened," said Mahesh Katiyar, a shop owner in South Extension Part I.

Mitashi and Ram Sinha, residents of South Extension Part II, say that the authorities have carried out a shoddy job.

"Some weeks back, a car had fallen into a ditch that the authorities had filled up with mud. If they couldn’t finish the work properly, they shouldn’t have started it," they said.

With the Commonwealth Games barely a week away, the authorities are busy passing the buck.

The work to lay electricity lines was undertaken by the Delhi Transco Limited and the road falls under the jurisdiction of the state Public Works Department (PWD).

The PWD officials state that the road has not been tarred as Delhi Transco Limited has not its completed work there.

"We have been asking them to complete the work and hand over the site to us quickly but their work is still not complete," said Ravi Mathur, director, Personnel, PWD.

The Delhi Transco Limited spokesperson, on the other hand, said that the work is complete and the lane has already been handed over to the Public Works Department for relaying of the road.

Amid all this, the residents and shopkeepers are the biggest losers.

"We had thought that business would go up for us during the Games as this is a commercial hub and has many big showrooms. But looking at the condition of the roads, I don’t think any tourist would want to come here. They’ll go to the Malls instead," said the manager of an apparel showroom, who does not want to be named.

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