Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said over the weekend that Delhi was undergoing a complete transformation within a short span of time and therefore it was natural that it bears a quite unclean look.
“However, it is just a matter of days before the ongoing work would assume a final shape and Delhi would start looking beautiful and clean,” she said at a review meeting held to discuss preparations for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
The Chief Minister said her government has undertaken construction of 24 major flyovers, 31 foot over-bridges and three stadiums, strengthening and widening of 1,070 km of road lane, modernisation of 450 km of street lighting, 150 km of improved road signages, 150 km of street-scaping and installation of one power plant at Bawana, one sewage treatment plant, one water treatment plant and one mega bus parking facility for more than 1,000 buses for the Games.
Noting that various government and local agencies were working tirelessly to complete these project on time, she said it was a “unique situation when so many mega projects are being carried out simultaneously''. Therefore “it is quite natural that during the execution the city is giving an unkempt look,'' she said. She also pointed out that a few projects had started late because of non-clearance from various agencies. The connectivity from the Games Village to Jawaharlal Nehru Station was earlier designed to be totally underground. However, the project was later shelved completely because of objections from the Delhi Urban Arts Commission and now it is being constructed as the Barapullah Nullah elevated corridor.
Despite the late start, she said, the Public Works Department is confident of completing the project well before time in order to have sufficient time in hand for trials and tests.
Similarly, the Chief Minister said, the Uttar Pradesh Link Road started late because of delay in acquisition of land. “Despite the late start and other hurdles, PWD is confident of completing the UP Link Road project before September,'' she said.