New agency to look after civic infrastructure in Delhi

The Delhi government has decided to set up a separate agency to maintain street furniture, new pavements and green stretch developed in the run up to last year`s Commonwealth Games.

Last Updated: Apr 24, 2011, 10:45 AM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi government has decided
to set up a separate agency to maintain street furniture, new
pavements and green stretch developed in the run up to last
year`s Commonwealth Games amid complaints about their
inefficient upkeep.

The agency, to be set up with an initial corpus of Rs 10
crore, will look after the upkeep of street furniture, new
pavements and greenery along the roads under the Public Works
Department.

"We have decided to set up the agency to ensure proper
upkeep of the street-scaped roads under PWD," a senior
official of Delhi Government said.

The official said the agency will procure latest
equipment to carry out mopping and cleaning of the roads on a
regular basis.

"The agency will carry out complete maintenance of street
-scaped roads. It will introduce mechanised mopping of the
roads for the first time in the city. The agency will spend
around Rs 10 crore per annum," the official said.

The city government had spent around Rs 300 crore on
streetscapping of 50 km of roads, besides spending around Rs
70 crore on horticulture works.

The decision to set up the agency comes following
frequent incidents of theft of expensive tiles, ornamental
plants and streetlights, put up by the PWD as part of its
beautification drive ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

The agency will function under the PWD.

The PWD had earlier considered examining a proposal to
deploy marshals at various areas to stop frequent incidents of
theft of expensive tiles and ornamental plants, but later
shelved the proposal.

Unhappy over their inefficient upkeep, then Delhi finance
minister A K Walia earlier this year had written to all
department heads concerned to take urgent steps to ensure
proper maintenance of the infrastructure. Walia was divested
of Finance department in the cabinet reshuffle in February.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had set up a special
committee in October last year to look after the maintenance
of newly created infrastructure as well as those which have
been improved.

The government had also announced plans to set up a
Project Management Institute to provide suggestion and inputs
to ensure proper maintenance and upkeep of the infrastructure.

PTI