Monday, August 16, 2010

PWD Missed Promise: Another Deadline Missed

After missing frequent deadlines, senior officials of the Public Works Department (PWD) no longer wish to give exact dates for completion of infrastructure projects. While top level officials and engineers had earlier claimed that one carriageway of the already-delayed Ring Road bypass would open on August 15, which did not happen. The second carriageway, they had said, would open on August 31. Now, they’re claiming both carriageways will be made operational by the end of the month.

Sources said the first carriageway, which was slated to be opened on Sunday, will now be ready for public use one week before the opening of the second carriageway. Which means the opening of the ISBT-ITO corridor will be delayed by a week or 10 days. ‘‘But we will meet the August 31 deadline,’’ claimed officials.

The project’s original deadline was July 31.

PWD officials had earlier claimed that with the first carriageway becoming operational, commuters traveling from the ISBT Kashmere Gate up to Maharani Bagh could expect a smooth ride. They had added that the other carriageway from ITO to ISBT (Kashmere Gate) would be thrown open by the month-end. The opening of the entire corridor would work as a bypass for the congested Rajghat and Shanti Van crossings.

Traffic coming from ISBT will take the Ring Road Bypass from near the Hanuman Setu near Yamuna Bazar. The stretch passes below the Geeta Colony Bridge and railway track before rejoining Ring Road near ITO flyover.

The 5.3km bypass project, along with railway construction and land costs, will cost approximately Rs 654 crore. It is a crucial road project directly linked to a Commonwealth Games venue, the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.

Earlier, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had also claimed the Faridabad-Badarpur carriageway of the elevated road being constructed at the border would be opened to the public on Sunday. However, officials said that due to certain delays in the completion of work on the stretch, the carriageway will now be opened about a week later. ‘‘This should not be seen as missing the deadline since the scheduled deadline of the project is December. However, we have speeded up work and will complete work at any cost by September-end,’’ said a senior NHAI official.

The project is being executed on build, operate and transfer basis.