Delhi govt. ignored our advice on CWG: DUAC

The DUAC had advised the govt. against making subways in CP


Danish Raza | September 24, 2010

Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) slammed the delhi government for the mess in the commonwealth games accusing of ignoring its advice. 

"The current Commonwealth Games mess can partly be blamed to the fact that the Delhi government did not pay heed to DUAC’s recommendations,"  K.T. Ravindran, DUAC Chairman told Governance Now on Friday.

Ravindran cited the eight subways which were to come up in the Connaught Place as example of projects to which DUAC had raised objections. He said that the DUAC had asked the state government to restrict the vehicular movement in the area. The Commission had recommended that the government should not allow people to use the Connaught Place outer circle as a route to move from one part of the city to another but to no avail.

“They are keeping in mind the vehicular movement and not the subways while making these subways,” Ravindran said. 

Citing another example, Ravindran said that the previous Commission met the government officials to discuss the Baralulla Nala project. It asked the officials to come back with a detailed report. But they never came back.

Central Vigilance Commission is probing financial irregularities in the construction of this drain connecting Sarai Kale Khan with Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium.

Commenting about the beautification drive in the city, Ravindran said that the city does become beautiful by cosmetic changes. “The agencies should make the city healthy. There is much more to a city than good looks.”

However, everything related to Games, according to him, is not bad. “The good thing is that public domain has opened. People have spaces to walk now.

The vehicular connectivity between the Games venues has improved,” said he.




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