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Govt to raze Capital’s age-old Turkman Gate stable

Like the long list of things that are fast changing in Delhi ahead of the Commonwealth Games,the age-old pony stable opposite the Lok Nayak Hospital,a distinct landmark of Old Delhi,will soon give way to swanky shops.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
July 18, 2009 12:48:50 am

Like the long list of things that are fast changing in Delhi ahead of the Commonwealth Games,the age-old pony stable opposite the Lok Nayak Hospital,a distinct landmark of Old Delhi,will soon give way to swanky shops.

The Turkman Gate stable has 30 to 40 horses. Most are used for odd jobs and rarely for harnessed in a tonga. The decision was proposed by the Delhi government after Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Health Minister Kiran Walia,along with NDMC and MCD chairpersons,paid a visit to Lok Nayak,G B Pant and RML hospitals. These hospitals along with AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital have been selected as designated hospitals,which will exclusively serve tourists and sportspersons during the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

“We found that all the three hospitals need an facelift. The unauthorised shops in front of the hospitals need to be removed. It does not mean that we will bulldoze everything but we will remove the illegal shops,” Walia said.

As part of the plan,the government has also had a word with the stable owners. “We do not want them to lose employment,so we will give them shops in return,” Walia added.

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The minister assured that the mass scale garbage dumping behind Lok Nayak Hospital will also be removed. “It seems not just the hospital’s refuse but the garbage of entire Old Delhi is dumped behind Lok Nayak Hospital . This too will have to go,” Walia said.

The pavement in front will be uniformly tiled. The government is also talking to DMRC about removing the barricades in front of AIIMS,Safdarjung and RML Hospital.

The team also found a few tobacco shops outside RML Hospital.

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First published on: 18-07-2009 at 12:48:50 am

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