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DDA yet to get off mark

DDA is dragging its feet over appointing a design consultant to develop the Commonwealth Games Village, reports Moushumi Das Gupta.

india Updated: Oct 25, 2006 03:42 IST

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is dragging its feet over appointing a design consultant to develop the Commonwealth Games Village. And the non official members of the agency are furious.

The members have not only demanded an inquiry into the delay but also a special committee to monitor the different games related project to be executed by DDA.

The non official members recently expressed there reservation over the delay at the DDA Board meeting also.

Nasirpur MLA, Mahabal Mishra, who is also a member of the DDA board, said, "DDA will be spending Rs 1028 crore to develop the games village site and the games venue. But till date work has not started even on a single games related project. No design consultant has been appointed. Only after the consultants give their report, will work start on these projects. An inquiry should be initiated to find the reasons for delay."

The delay is specially glaring as DDA had invited bids from Indian and international companies for engaging design consultants for developing the games village site way back in February. "DDA has shortlisted some consultants but because of differences among its own officials, it has failed to finalize the consultants. The inquiry should also look into whether there has been some manipulation," said Mishra.

The consultants mandate includes not only preparing the design and architectural plans for the games village and competition and training venues but also get the various design plans approved from the Delhi Urban Arts Commission.

MCD councillor Virender Kasana who is also a member of the DDA board said, "The Commonwealth Games is a prestigious project and any delay will reflect on our image. A committee should be formed to monitor all the games related projects being undertaken by the agency."

DDA has already appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers as financial consultant to assist and advise them on the possible modes of development of the games village and the different games venue. The consultants have been given a deadline of January 2007 to submit the report after which construction will start.

DDA has only recently approached the Union Environment Ministry to get an environment clearance for the games village site as well as the two games venues that the agency plans to develop.

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First Published: Oct 25, 2006 03:42 IST