DDA comes under attack for Games Village mess

Delhi govt blamed DDA for Games Village mess & the capital`s developer also came under scathing attack at a meeting convened by the Cabinet Secy last night.

Updated: Sep 27, 2010, 18:59 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi Government on Monday appeared to blame the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for the mess surrounding the Commonwealth Games Village and the capital`s developer also came under scathing attack at a meeting convened by the Cabinet Secretary last night.

"We inherited it (the Village) in a very difficult situation. It is improving by almost the hour. We are working very hard (to make things right)," Dikshit who has been
personally monitoring the `clean up operation` at the Village said.
"I do hope that at the end of it everything will be alright....of course there are some seepages which the builder and the DDA should have looked at earlier," Dikshit said.
Asked whether the entire complex will be ready by the Wednesday deadline set by her yesterday, Dikshit refused to talk about the timeline and said some buildings are still wet
and authorities are finding it difficult to drain out the stagnant water from the basements.

"I won`t give you a timeline.... It depends on how dry the buildings become. How quickly the water is removed from the basements and how quickly the lifts are working," she
said.

The DDA, which functions under Union Urban Development Ministry, was also criticised by Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar and several top officials of the Organising Committee and Delhi Government at the meeting last night, top sources said.
Amid strong criticism by international delegates who dubbed the Village as "filthy and uninhabitable", the PMO last week had directed Delhi Government to take control of the
complex from Delhi Development Authority and clear the mess.

The city government, since taking control of cleaning, house-keeping and overall maintenance of the complex on last Wednesday, had deployed a workforce of 1,500 people including professionals from five-star hotels.

Officials said the developer of the complex Emmar-MGF has extended little cooperation to the authorities in improving condition at the Village.

PTI