Sheila pulls up civic agencies for `mess` in Delhi after rains
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 23:40
New Delhi: With waterlogging and traffic jams due to rains exposing Delhi's vulnerabilities, an embarrassed Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today pulled up civic agencies for the "mess" ahead of the Commonwealth Games and directed them to improve drainage and repair roads damaged by the downpour.

The Chief Minister said rubbles lying in and around project sites blocked the drains following the rains and told the agencies involved in various road projects to clear the construction wastes and other debris immediately from the project sites.

Dikshit, at a meeting of top officials of various agencies including MCD, NDMC and PWD, asked them to submit individual reports about their preparation to deal with the problem in coming days.

When asked about yesterday's situation and whether Delhi was prepared for the mega sporting event, the Chief Minister said the government has set August 10 as deadline for removing all construction waste and other garbage across the city.

"It is true that there is lot of rubble lying around. We had set August 10 as deadline for clearing the rubble," she said, adding "the rain yesterday was unprecedented."

The traffic in the national capital crawled last evening following heavy rains, raising question mark over the government's preparedness for the Games to be held in less than three months' time.

Dikshit and PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan also visited various project sites today to take stock of the situation and sternly directed officials to complete the projects ahead of the deadline of August 31.

Chauhan even warned the officials against any complacency, saying the government would not hesitate to take action against those found negligent in their duties.

Meanwhile, facing flak over waterlogging in all the arterial roads, the MCD said zonal deputy commissioners will be held personally responsible over such complaints and asked officials to take remedial measures and avoid going on leave during monsoon season.

Mayor P R Sawhney held a meeting to take stock of the situation arising out of yesterday's rains in which Municipal Commissioner K S Mehra, all DCs and other senior officials were present.

While stressing the need to take "necessary action at the field level with special emphasis on vulnerable points", the Mayor at the same time said other agencies like PWD should also "play their part" in combating the problem.

Deadline for DMRC

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today set July 31 as deadline for Delhi Metro to hand over various roads currently under its control along the upcoming Metro lines to PWD and other agencies so that beautification and relaying of roads could be started thereafter.

At a high-level meeting, attended by DMRC Managing Director E Sreedharan, PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan, besides top officials of various agencies including MCD and NDMC, Dikshit asked the Delhi Metro to remove all construction wastes from their project sites within the set deadline of August 10.

Sreedharan said DMRC will hand over all the roads under its control to the concerned agencies by the deadline set by Dikshit. He also told the meeting that DMRC will complete beautification and greening exercise beneath all its overground Metro lines by September 15.

Dikshit stressed upon the need of finishing work on new networks by DMRC along the roads that lead to the Games venues.

The Chief Minister underlining the importance of ensuring proper upkeep of the roads, asked all agencies involved in implementation of various projects to have an effective coordination so that all the works could be completed on time.

It was decided in the meeting that DMRC will develop the carriageways whereas NDMC will undertake development of footpaths in the roads in NDMC areas currently under Delhi Metro.

In case of roads belonging to PWD and MCD, all the works will be undertaken by these two agencies after their handover by the DMRC.

All concerned agencies including PWD, MCD and NDMC will undertake a joint inspection of the roads currently with DMRC so that repair and other works could be completed within shortest possible time.

The roads that DMRC has to hand over to PWD, MCD and NDMC includes Sunheri Bagh Lane, Mother Teresa Road, Humayun Road, Akbar Road, Tuglak Road, Tuglak Road Intersection, RP Road, Raisina Road, Red Cross Road, Rakab Ganj Road, Rafi Marg and Aurobindo Marg, Anandmayee Marg and Aurobindo Marg.

It also has to hand over Lala Lajpat Rai Marg to DIMTS.


First Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 23:40

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