Saturday, September 25, 2010

Athletes and Games Official to Have Smooth Sail on Road

Amid instances of how preparations for the Commonwealth Games have not been up to the mark, the successful first full trial run on the elevated road connecting Ring Road near Sarai Kale Khan and Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Friday came as a big relief for the Delhi government. Public Works Department (PWD) minister Raj Kumar Chauhan announced that the elevated road would be opened for general commuters from October 15, immediately after the Games.

‘Government has spent a huge amount in building the project. We don’t want public to be deprived of using this stretch once the Games is over. It will reduce the travel time between these two points to only 5-6 minutes,’’ the minister said. The road has been built entirely on the Barapullah Nullah bed. ‘‘Construction of the road was necessary for taking Games sportspersons and officials directly to the main venue. How could we have taken the huge fleet of buses through crowded roads?’’ Chauhan said.

On Friday, about 240 low floor air-conditioned DTC buses meant for the athletes and officials covered this distance. The buses started from Games Village and took the elevated road from Ring Road just opposite Bala Sahib Gurudwara.