Saturday, May 16, 2009

Commonwealth Games venues to be made attractive

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila DikshitDelhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Thursday said the 2010 Commonwealth Games’ venues, village and their surroundings would be developed in such a way to make them attractive and aesthetic.

“It would be done with an aim to bring the city at the level of international metropolitan cities and prepare Delhi for the Commonwealth Games with the help of such development that holds legacy value even after the games,” Dikshit said in a statement.

The Delhi chief minister added that facilities for pedestrians would be increased and traffic circulation would also be improved, during a presentation made by the Public Works Department (PWD) on street-scaping projects around Commonwealth Games venue sites and some important sections of the Ring Road.

Delhi government’s Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta, senior officials of Delhi government and officials of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), Delhi Jal Board (DJB), Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Delhi Police and other departments were also present during the presentation. A concept related to street-scaping projects, which would be coordinated by the PWD, was approved in the meeting.

“It was also stated that the roads would be upgraded as per the International Road Congress (IRC) guidelines and other international standards pertaining to road and traffic management,” the statement said, adding the concept includes upgradation of ambience and facilities around stadiums such as Thyagraj Stadium, Nehru Stadium, Siri Fort Sports Complex, R.K. Khanna Lawn Tennis Stadium, Yamuna Sports Complex and important sections of the Ring Road.

Dikshit also stressed upon the need of uniform signages and maximum possible green cover.

She instructed the officials to implement the concept properly as the facilities to be developed would become a permanent feature in Delhi.