Focus on projects near CWG venues, rest can come later: Govt

With most of the street-scaping projects running behind schedule, a wary Delhi Government has asked the agencies to focus on completing construction in and around the sports venues and the Commonwealth Games Village.

Last Updated: Jul 12, 2010, 20:02 PM IST

New Delhi: With most of the street-scaping
projects running behind schedule, a wary Delhi Government has
asked the agencies to focus on completing construction in and
around the sports venues and the Commonwealth Games Village.

"I have instructed the PWD and other concerned agencies
to first concentrate on completing street-scaping and signage
job in and around the Games Village and venue as they will be
under the spotlight during the sporting extravaganza," Chief
Secretary Rakesh Mehta said today.

Given the time constraints, the agencies for the time
being can take a break from the peripheral areas like Ring
Road and expedite work in and around stadia and other Games
venues which will be the centre of attraction, he added.

"The work at not-so important areas can be resumed once
the Games are over," he said.

Mehta said August 31 has been fixed for completing road
signages projects to ensure an international look to the city
ahead of the mega sporting event slated for October 3-14 which
is expected to draw a large number of tourists, including
foreigners.

He said that he has been undertaking frequent inspections
to review the progress and much remained to be done on the
street-scaping front around the Games venues like stadia.

The official cited a PWD report which has pointed out
that several projects of street-scaping, road signages,
horticulture development, street lighting and beautification
of flyovers were running behind the schedule.

Meanwhile, the government has asked various agencies such
as MTNL, BSES, NDPL, DIMTS, traffic police and DTL, who have
been engaged in road-cutting and digging, to restore the roads
by July 31.

PTI