Delhi Finance Minister A. K. Walia and Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely on Thursday inspected various Commonwealth Games-related projects being executed by the Public Works Department and the Delhi Development Authority in the Capital's trans-Yamuna area.
The two Ministers, who had been given responsibility of projects in the area by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in June, visited Vikas Marg, ITO Chungi, Marginal Bund Road leading to Akshardham Temple, the road leading to the Games Village, National Highway-24, Ghazipur Crossing, the under-construction flyover on Road No.56 and 57, the road near Anand Vihar railway terminal and Yamuna Sports Complex.
The Ministers expressed concern over the presence of mounds of debris and garbage on roads leading up the Games Village and the Yamuna Sports Complex. They also stated that pedestrians crossing over Vikas Marg was a threat to the survival of plants on the central verge of the road. They instructed that iron railings be installed forthwith and hedges raised to ensure the survival of plants.
Even beneath the flyover on Marginal Bund leading up to the Akshardham Temple the Ministers expressed their unhappiness at the presence of only a few workers deployed for the street-scaping work on both sides of the flyover. They instructed the PWD to speed up the work and take up the greening exercise simultaneously.
At the Akshardham Crossing they found that not only was the area around uneven, it also looked shabby. Further, they discovered the presence of a large quantity of building material and debris beneath the Akshardham flyover.
The Ministers also visited the road leading up to the Games Village and found it to be sub-standard with a large number of potholes. Even the road near the Akshardham metro rail station was unpleasant to look at, they observed.
Noticing a large quantity of unattended work, they directed the DDA to complete its part of the work before July-end. They also expressed displeasure over the absence of the DDA Chief Engineer and the abrupt departure of the Superintending Engineer concerned during their visit and said the issue would be taken up with the DDA Vice-Chairman.
Noting that this area was very close to the Games Village where a large number of foreign players and officials will be staying, they said it was essential to set things right.
Dr. Walia instructed the PWD to complete construction of a parking site on Vikas Marg by July-end. This site is likely to accommodate 150 vehicles. The Ministers then travelled through NH-24 and found the situation equally bad. They announced that they would make another inspection in about ten days.