Under pressure to improve city infrastructure ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the Delhi government on Wednesday decided to expedite the beautification of roads and asked DMRC to hand over certain stretches, which were given to the agency for executing new Metro projects.

At a high-level meeting, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit asked DMRC chief E Sreedharan to hand over the roads to agencies concerned so that street scrapping and beautification could be completed ahead of the mega sporting event.

Some of the city roads maintained by PWD, NDMC and MCD were given to Delhi Metro to enable the agency to execute new metro projects.

The meeting was also attended by NDMC chairperson (NDMC) Parimal Roy, Additional Commissioner of MCD R K Srivastava and top officials of the PWD.

“We must showcase our roads in such a way that the visitors during the Games could have comfortable and smooth journey,” Ms. Dikshit told the officials.

The roads which are currently with the DMRC includes Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Panchkuian Road, Mother Teresa Crescent, Vikas Marg, Tughlak Road, Humayun Road, Aurobindo Marg, M B Road and M G road. The road near Lady Sri Ram College is also with the DMRC.

The DMRC assured that the roads would be handed over at the earliest, preferably, before targeted date. Mr. Sreedharan said the DMRC would be able to complete its work very shortly on these roads.

The meeting decided that in case DMRC fails to hand over any particular road to the agency concerned, then it will have to execute all works relating to strengthening and street scrapping.

It was also decided to carry out monthly review of the work related to beautification of roads which will be attended by all agencies concerned.

Officials said a third party will be involved, if necessary, to ensure that the work relating to restoration, development and strengthening of the roads is completed as per prescribed standards.

Ms. Dikshit instructed the DMRC, MCD, NDMC and PWD to work in tandem as the development of roads would go a long way in changing the city’s landscape.

She said restoration and redevelopment of these roads are of paramount importance as these roads are leading to various Commonwealth Games venues and other historical and archaeological monuments.

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