Friday, October 2, 2009

MCD Committee headed by Mayor to monitor Games projects

MCD has constituted a committee to monitor the progress of all its projects related to the Commonwealth Games on Thursday. The monitoring committee will be headed by Mayor Kanwar Sain. Earlier in the day, the mayor and leader of the house met LG Tejender Khanna and submitted a memorandum demanding Rs 25,000 crore from the Delhi government for the completion of CWG projects.

According to MCD, the government has not sanctioned adequate funds to the civic body which has caused a delay in the completions of most projects. Leader of the house, Subhash Arya, said, ‘‘When such international games are organized in a city, the mayor is usually the convener. But in Delhi, the government has not bothered to include MCD in any of its meetings.’’

He added, ‘‘We will anyway make sure that the city’s infrastructure is improved as it is the matter of our nation’s pride. If the government doesn’t give us enough funds, we will have to cut down on our other project to complete the Games-related work,’’ he said.

According to MCD, it needs Rs 2,000 crore for the facelift of the city. Out of this, the corporation requires Rs 300 crore for horticulture, Rs 100 crore for sanitation, Rs 350 crore for the maintenance of school buildings and Rs 50 crore for the construction of 1,000 waterless urinals. Arya said that a proposal of road-mixed concrete costing to Rs 350 crore was pending with Delhi government. Arya further said that they have put a deadline of March 2010 for the completion of most of the projects.