Saturday, August 28, 2010

Barapullah Road Missed Deadline Once Again

The lack of coordination between civic agencies continues to plague projects related to the Commonwealth Games 2010. Now, the elaborate landscaping plan for the Barapullah drain basin, which was to be executed by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), has been scrapped. The reason: PWD is yet to hand over the required land.

The construction of the Barapullah Nullah elevated road is still going on and is not expected to complete before the first week of September. Senior officials in the DDA claimed the landscaping plans had to be shelved as the plot of land around the two ends of the Barapullah Nullah Sarai Kale Khan ISBT and Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium has not been handed over to the DDA. ‘‘How can we finish the landscaping work in a month’s time, if the PWD gives us the land in September? Malba is all around the site, with active construction still going on. There’s no way we can start work on landscaping project,’’ said a senior DDA official.

Incidentally, the plans for the area were elaborate, to say the least. The landscaped zone, starting from near JN Stadium and including Pant Nagar, was to have an urban plaza with outdoor sitting, food court, fountain court, lotus wetland. Walkway decks, sculptures and tensile structures were also to come up, especially in the Silver Oak Park. Said the official, ‘‘The Barapullah elevated road ends on the eastern side of JN Stadium. Here, DDA already has the Silver Oak Park, next to the Metro station, which now will be the only site to be landscaped for the Commonwealth Games.’’

Pedestrian connectivity from the Metro station to a foot-over-bridge coming up at Sewa Nagar and then on to the stadium was to be provided in the plan. An urban plaza with artifact display, outdoor sitting, lighting and flagpoles as well as a fountain court was also planned.

At the Ring Road site opposite Siddharth Extension, DDA wanted to build a sun dial, which would have been the focal point for the entry to the elevated road.

PWD officials accepted the delay. ‘‘The decision was taken to hand over to DDA a patch of land in the basin area (along the Nizamuddin railway bridge), as well as the site where the elevated road starts in Ring Road and ends in JN Stadium. But this has been delayed as the construction work is still going on,’’ said the official.

Sources said the DDA would confine itself to landscaping the Silver Oak Park, and areas in the vicinity of JN Stadium. The rest of the project will be taken up after the Commonwealth Games. The project, spread over 4.6km, was estimated to cost over Rs 25 crore. In fact, the DDA had even selected a firm to implement the work more than a month ago, added officials.


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