A fully air-conditioned and renovated double-storeyed community hall was today inaugurated by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in south Delhi’s Khan Market.
The 21-year old ‘barat ghar’ was thrown open for public use after the NDMC gave it a makeover, to upgrade it and make it more user friendly.
The unit has been fully air-conditioned, the rooms and the toilets renovated and provision has been made for a separate bridal room with mirrors and almirah. The work has been completed in 10 months, an NDMC official said.
After inaugurating it, Ms. Dikshit went around the two-storeyed building, inspecting its halls and enquiring about the provisions.
The barat ghar covers an area of 818 sq m and can accommodate 500-800 persons at a time. It has been renovated at a cost of Rs 3.10 crores.
Meanwhile, MLA and NDMC member Karan Singh Tanwar charged that the executive engineer who was suspended amid a CVC probe into some Commonwealth Games projects, was being made a scapegoat.
V K Gulati from NDMC’s Civil Engineering Department, who was in charge of upgrading Talkatora Indoor Stadium and Shivaji Stadium, was suspended on Thursday, just days before his retirement.
“I don’t believe the engineer is at fault. The responsibility in such cases should be of the chairperson,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the function.
“He is being made a scapegoat and attempts are being made to cover the scams that I believe extend to crores of rupees,” he said.
Central Vigilance Commission is probing allegations of cost escalation in the Talkatora project while it has also received similar complaints about the upgrading of Shivaji Stadium, which was a practice venue for the Games but work on which could not be completed before the event.