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Sheila finds PWD signboards ‘too big’

The last set was rejected some six months back. Now the new set of fluorescent yellow signages put up by the Public Works Department...

Written by Aanchal Bansal | New Delhi | January 27, 2009 12:56:56 am

CM had earlier turned down blue signages

The last set was rejected some six months back. Now the new set of fluorescent yellow signages put up by the Public Works Department (PWD) as test run for signboards for the Commonwealth Games in 2010 have also failed to impress Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Delhi government officials said Dikshit struck down the new design of signboards put up by the department along ITO and Rajghat. In a meeting held last week,Dikshit was reportedly left unimpressed by the bright yellow colour and the size of the high-mounted signages — she found them “too big” and asked PWD to make design changes,officials said.

Dikshit was,however,impressed by the new signboards put up by New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) in the New Delhi area,again as pilot project,along Maulana Azad Road. Sources said she has given the civic agency a go-ahead to install the signages,which include shoulder-mounted signages in other areas as well.

Sources in the PWD said the boards set up by the department are not strong enough to stand against hi-velocity wind and have also started bending round the edges.

Dikshit had earlier rejected the bright-blue signboards,put up at a cost of more than Rs 1 crore,as they found to be eating into road space.

PWD is supposed to set up at least 100 signboards,including the high-mounted ones along the Ring Roads. PWD Principal Secretary KK Sharma said,“There have been suggestions and this was just a pilot. We are still at the planning stage of design and sizes of signboards for the Commonwealth Games.”

PWD is responsible for maintenance of over 400 km of roads in the city.

Officials said the signboards were of type-11,in line with international standards,and had retro-reflective sheeting,making them visible at night.

Following a meeting to discuss the Capital’s “look” for the Games in terms of design of street furniture and city beautification,the chief minister has directed all civic agencies to make a list of spots that would need signages in their areas of jurisdiction.

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