The Connaught Place renovation project,to be taken up again by the New Delhi Municipal Council next month,might now not be completed in time for the 2010 Commonwealth Games,fear officials.
The project,already running behind schedule,will take a lot of effort to complete on time,Parimal Rai,chairperson of the New Delhi Municipal Council said on Tuesday.
The plan might not be completed before the 2010 Games; we will try our best but in case it fails,some aspects will have to be dropped for later, Rai said.
The NDMC has decided to rope in two contractors to finish work within the next 10 months. It is close to finalising and awarding tenders for the project. Tendering process for the Inner Circle was opened on January 29,while tenders for the Outer Circle will open soon,officials said.
The Council has now decided to complete work in two phases. The first phase will include priority work,while the second phase,in case of delay,might be taken up after 2010,Rai said.
Top priority work includes facade improvement,tunneling work in the Middle Circle for laying water,electricity and sewerage lines,resurfacing roads and pavements.
The second phase entails building underground parking lots,an air-conditioning plant and underground subways with escalators.
Facade improvement in the Inner Circle will be taken up first,officials said.
Engineers India Limited is the consultant for the project while the NDMC will be monitoring the work. Work on the project had been stalled after the Delhi Urban Arts Commission disapproved of certain aspects of the restoration work conducted on a sample basis by the Council in C-Block last year. Work was later redone and approved by the DUAC.
Elaborating on the project,Rai said,After the DUACs approval last October,we now plan to speed up work in the first phase before 2010. Depending on the time left,we will take up work in the second phase only after the Games.
Facade restoration would be done through a cost-sharing arrangement with shop owners.
Engineering services will include upgrading electricity,water,sewerage facilities,roads and fire-fighting infrastructure.