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Delhi sets December 2009 deadline to get set and go

December 2009 has been set as the dealine for all infrastructure-related projects to be built for the Commonwealth Games, reports Moushumi Das Gupta.

india Updated: Nov 23, 2006 02:00 IST

The Commonwealth Games Coordination Commission (CGCC) might have finally prodded the Delhi government out of its slumber.

In the line of fire for the slow pace of work for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the Delhi government has come up with a deadline: by December 2009, all infrastructure-related projects to be built for the sports extravaganza will be complete.

It made the commitment while making a detailed presentation before the visiting six-member delegation led by Austin Sealy, chairman of CGCC.

"The members of the CGCC have expressed the apprehension that the projects will not be ready in time," said an MCD official, who attended the presentation.

Complying to the request from the CGCC, the government has for the first time given project specific deadlines for flyovers, roads, hospitals, transport related projects and upgradation of stadiums.

According to the presentation made by Delhi chief secretary R Narayanaswami, the Public Works Department, which will build 24 flyovers and bridges, has set December 2008 as the deadline for completing majority of the projects. Of the 24 flyovers/bridges, 11 are directly connected to the Games village and venues and the remaining will improve intra city connectivity.

Similarly, the MCD has set December 2009 as the deadline for all the proposed improvements around New Delhi railway station. Work will start from May next year. The MCD will also construct 18 multilevel parking during this period.

Upgradation of three stadiums—Talkatora, Thyagaraja Sports Complex and Shivaji—will be complete by June 2009. On the transport front, the government has set December 2009 as the deadline for completing the western and eastern peripheral expressways.

Besides, upgradation of the IGI airport and improving Metro connectivity will also be completed in time for the Games.

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First Published: Nov 23, 2006 02:00 IST