Cafe-cum-loo project is off,now stink over the nine prototypes

Outside the shiny MCD building near Moolchand flyover sits security guard Aslam. He has been guarding the seven-star toilet-cum-coffee shop against vandals for more than a year and half now.

Written by Ruhi Bhasin | New Delhi | Published: May 11, 2012 1:10:59 am

Outside the shiny MCD building near Moolchand flyover sits security guard Aslam. He has been guarding the seven-star toilet-cum-coffee shop against vandals for more than a year and half now.

The toilet complex,constructed ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games,has never been used. It is among the nine prototypes that were built two years ago. The plan was to replicate them across the city.

As the project ran into controversy,it was scrapped and this was conveyed in June 2011 to the the companies that constructed them. Now,there is no clarity on the future of these nine toilet complexes.

The initial idea was that the construction companies would run the complexes and generate revenue. Now ,these complexes will be run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

“The money needed to be paid to the companies has to be decided. There was a clause in the memorandum of understanding that if we do not want to run them (if project is scrapped),money has to be given to them (companies),’’ said Subhash Arya,Leader of House (South agency).

The cost of these complexes is estimated to be in crores. Other than Moolchand,the toilet-coffee shops are located in Defence Colony,GK-I N-Block market,GK-I M-Block market,East of Kailash,Kailash Colony,Model Town,C R Park and Nehru Place.

The N-Block market association has filed a court case,seeking demolition of the structure.

An evaluation committee,set-up by the civic agency to zero-in on the cost of the project,has missed its January deadline to file recommendations.

The minutes of the committee meeting in January state: “The committee requested all the representatives of the entrepreneurs /concessionaires to provide details… Apart from the quantities of materials used on construction,the costing due to the element of urgency,unavailability of labourers because of ongoing Commonwealth projects at that time,presumptive cost/opportunistic cost,etc,needed to be worked out by them.’’

After the MCD informed the concessionaires about the project being scrapped,the civic agency wanted to take over the complexes. The companies,however,got a court stay.

“We feel cheated and are given false assurances by the MCD every time. The only way we can be compensated is if we are given the complexes to run ourselves. We may approach the court in this matter also,” said Shilpi Saxena,CMD of Garuda Advertising,which owns the complex at Kailash Colony.

Salim Ali of UF Infrastructure Pvt Ltd,which owns the complex at Moolchand,said they had to bear the extra cost of deploying security guards at the site,besides other maintenance costs.

As per the proposal,floated before the Games,a total of 216 such complexes were to be constructed. A technical committee was to gauge the nine prototypes and judge the best on design and financial backing of the company that built it.

The plan was to award the contract to the company that scored the most; the remaining eight prototypes were to be demolished.

Post-trifurcation of the MCD,the decision on the fancy complexes will rest with the civic agency under which these fall.

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