New Delhi: Unfazed by mounting criticism for
delays in key Commonwealth Games projects, Chief Minister
Sheila Dikshit today expressed satisfaction over preparations,
saying the event will be a great success.
Dikshit, after inspecting progress of work in various
projects in MCD and NDMC areas, said the agencies concerned
have told her that all the works will be completed in time.
"I am confident that all the works will be completed in
time and the Games will be a great success," Dikshit said
replying to a question on whether she was satisfied with
progress of works in MCD and NDMC areas.
"Top officials in MCD and NDMC told me that all the works
will be completed in time. I am satisfied with progress of
work in the sense that I have no reason not to believe them,"
she said. The Chief Minister has been under attack from
various quarters for the delay in completion of key projects.
During her visit, Dikshit also took stock of progress
in removal of debris from various construction sites.
Her visit to various construction sites came a day after
the government extended the deadline for removal of debris to
August 31 after various agencies including MCD and NDMC failed
to comply with the earlier deadline.
Dikshit had last month set August 10 as deadline for
removal of construction waste across the city and ordered all
civic agencies to strictly comply with it.
The Chief Minister today visited Connaught Place and
some other parts of Central and South Delhi where mounds of
rubble can seen due to the ongoing construction and
underground cable work.
Meanwhile, Finance Minister A K Walia issued an order
banning cutting of roads with effect from August 20. He also
ordered the discoms, MTNL and ECIL, which are laying
underground cables in various areas of the city, to complete
their works by August 16.
"We will not allow cutting of roads and digging of
footpaths after August 20," he said.
Walia also instructed MCD and Delhi Police to strictly
enforce provisions of the Delhi Defacement Act which envisages
stringent action including hefty fine and imprisonment for
those found defacing public properties.
He further directed the enforcement agencies to ensure
that no poster and banner should be visible in the city during
the event. Walia also exhorted citizens not stick posters and
banners in public places during the ensuing festival season.