New Delhi: The Delhi government is likely to
deploy marshals at various areas in the city to stop frequent
incidents of theft of expensive tiles, ornamental plants and
streetlights, put up as part of its drive to beautify the
capital ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
The PWD, which is spending thousands of crores to
improve the look of the city ahead of the sporting event,
mooted the idea of deploying the marshals following rising
incidents of theft of "street furnitures" and other costly
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is considering the
proposal of the PWD to deploy marshals and is likely to take a
"favourable decision very soon", a top PWD official said.
"We cannot deploy marshals on all the roads. But we
can deploy them in theft prone areas," he said.
Under its streetscaping and beautification drive, the
PWD has put up costly tiles, street lights and ornamental
plants in several areas of the city.
"Theft of costly items like tiles, street-lights and
plants have been reported from various areas of the city. It
is becoming a big headache for us. Even items kept at the
project sites are being stolen," the official said.
The official said the department has registered
complaint with the police in various areas but no visible
action has been taken so far by police.
"Ideally it is the job of the police to ensure
protection of government properties. But as they are not
taking the issue seriously, we have mooted the idea of
deploying marshals," the official said.
He said most of the tiles installed in the footpaths
are of international standards and are very costly. "We are
putting up very expensive tiles. Some of the tiles cost Rs
The official said in several areas, thieves have
stolen steel poles and street-lights.
The PWD has already spent nearly Rs 8,000 crore in
improving road infrastructure in the city. The agency has
undertaken resurfacing of over 450 kms of roads in the city.