Delhi Government to ban road-cutting

In view of the ongoing preparations for the Commonwealth Games, the Delhi Government has decided to ban cutting of roads by various agencies from August 20, Urban Development Minister A. K. Walia said on Wednesday.

Expressing concern over the ongoing road-cutting, the Minister said it has been found that in many cases road-cutting was being done even after completion of other civic works in the area. “This was giving a shabby look to the spruced up places as well”.

Dr. Walia said he had directed his department to issue strict instruction banning road-cutting for any purpose after August 20. The Minister said most of the road-cutting works were being done by private power distribution companies, MTNL and ECIL.

Acknowledging that these companies were rushing to meet their August 16 deadline for completion of various works, Dr. Walia said it should not, however, be forgotten that rampant road-cutting will not only damage various structures but also harm the image of the city.

The need of the hour, he said, was to have cleanliness all round and the infrastructure in perfect shape as a large number of tourists and visitors would soon be arriving in Delhi for the Commonwealth Games.

Dr. Walia instructed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the Delhi Police to enforce the provisions of the Delhi Defacement Act which envisages stringent action including hefty fine and imprisonment.

He directed the enforcement agencies to ensure that no posters, banners and wall writings are visible in the Capital.

The Minister appealed to the citizens not to stick posters and banners during the forthcoming festival season.

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