Friday, February 19, 2010

NDMC Budget out New Promises for Games

NDMC presents annual budget, renews its focus on completing Commonwealth Games projects before the event starts in October. Civic body claims it will finish all Games-related work by Aug but some projects may be delayed till Oct when CWG starts

There’s no need to be jittery. That’s what New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) seems to be telling Delhites about the Commonwealth Games projects. On Wednesday, the civic body while announcing its annual budget claimed that it will complete all its Games-related projects by August.

However, redevelopment plan of CP that includes renovation of subways and service corridors is likely to be completed only by October, according to the engineering department. Some other NDMC Games projects, including street scaping work, multi-level parking, are also likely to get delayed to October, the month when the sporting extravaganza will be on in full swing.

NDMC chairman Parimal Rai said: ‘‘The Games has given us an opportunity to upgrade city infrastructure. The projects will be completed well in time. The deadline for completion of Commonwealth projects is August.’’

Stadium Renovation

Talaktora Stadium will be inaugurated by February 24. Talkatora Indoor Stadium, which is the competition venue for boxing, will have a new sports facility block with an underground parking for 300 cars. The block is adjacent to the existing stadium and has been connected to it by a tunnel. The total cost of the project is likely to be Rs 80 crore. The NDMC has also been asked to take care of the monkey menace around the stadium before October to prevent any embarrassment to the organizers.

Besides this, work is on in full swing at Shivaji Stadium, which is expected to be ready by May. The stadium will be used as a training venue for hockey. A sports facility block will be constructed with a two-level underground parking for 1,200 cars. A total of Rs 46 Crore has been spent on this project so far.

CP Redevelopment

Though only 30% of facade restoration work has been completed, NDMC expects to complete the work by June. The project worth Rs 253.78 crore has been cleared for funding by ministry of urban development under JNNURM. As far as construction of eight subways are concerned, NDMC hopes to throw open at least six before the Games. The service ducting work in the Middle Circle is also on but services will be shifted underground only after the Games.

Street scaping work

The redevelopment of Hanuman Mandir Vatika on Baba Kharak Singh (BKS) Marg is almost complete. The street scaping on Tees January Marg, Sardar Patel Marg, BKS Marg, Mother Teresa Crescent, Mandir Marg, Old R K Ashram Marg, Park Street, Udyan Marg, Brig Hoshiyar Singh Marg, Aurbindo Marg and Subramaniam Bharti Marg is likely to be completed by September. Foot-over-bridges, subways, underpasses will also be made along these stretches.

Besides this, road signages are being installed along 28 corridors and all signages will be put up by June. The quality of roads is also being improved in a phased manner.

Tracking 2010

New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) claims that all its Commonwealth Games related projects will be over by August Talkatora Indoor Stadium, which is the competition venue for boxing, will be inaugurated by Feb 24 Shivaji Stadium, which is the training venue for hockey, will be ready by May CP redevelopment is expected to be completed by September.

Of the 8 subways under construction, 6 will be completed by October Construction of multi-level parking lots at Sarojini Nagar and Baba Kharak Singh Marg is likely to be ready before the Games. However, the parking site at Kasturba Gandhi Marg may not meet the Games deadline Street scaping work on 9 roads, including construction of foot-over-bridges, underpasses and subways, will be completed by September Road signages are being installed by NDMC along 28 major corridors in its area and work is likely to be completed by June