Delhi Government : Commonwealth Games 2010
The Common Dream

The Commonwealth Games 2010 remains a dream project for the city of Delhi. Understandably the Delhi Government led by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that every area is being looked into meticulously

—Empire Bureau
The Commonwealth Games 2010 will be the single largest sporting event New Delhi has ever hosted. Bigger than the Asian Games it hosted in 1951 and 1982, bigger than any one single sporting tournament. It is because of the Asiad 82 that Delhi got a huge facelift. Up came flyovers, roads were broadened and roadsides were greened, a few hotels cropped up, sporting arenas were built, old ones got new looks, and the city received a much needed momentum for refurbishing itself.

The CWG 2010 provides just that kind of opportunity once again. In her quest to make it a huge success, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has several plans on the anvil. We take a look at some of them which are critical to hosting the Games.

Construction and upgradation of competition venues: Work at the Thyagaraja Sports Complex that will field netball and provide track facilities to athletes for training was started in September 2007. The project completion is scheduled for September 2009. Present Status: 45 per cent of the basic structure is complete. Cost: Rs. 297 Crores (US $ 66.25 million). Work at the Talkatora stadium, venue for boxing events, started in November 2007. Target completion is December 2009. Present status: 10 per cent complete. Cost: Rs. 105 crore (US $ 24.65 million).

Training venues: Work at the Chhatrasal Stadium that will field athletic events commenced in June 2008. The expected completion is in August 2009. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 85 crore (US $ 19.95 million).

Ludlow Castle: This venue will host wrestling events. Work at the venue commenced in June 2008 and the projected completion is in October 2009. The project cost is Rs.30 Crore (US $7.04 million).

Shivaji Stadium: This will field hockey matches. The project was started in April 2008 and the expected time of completion is March 2010. The cost of the project is Rs 100 crore (US $23.47 million).

Flyovers, Bridges and Upgraded Roads: A total number of 24 such projects have been initiated at a cost of Rs 5,000 crore (US $ 1,174 million). Sixteen of the projects will be completed before the commencement of the CWG. The bridges will bring about better intracity connectivity and facilitate smooth movement of athletes, officials and spectators during the Games. And, of course, improve the city's infrastructure for times to come. Part of this large project is a sub-project that includes the construction of 31 over-bridges and under-passes at a cost of Rs 241 crore (US $ 50.24 million).

Widening and Beautification of Roads (2007-2010)
This is a project to widen 150 lane kilometers at a cost of Rs 283 crore (US $ 66.44 million) and strengthening and resurfacing 917 lane kilometers at a cost of Rs 467 crore (US $ 109 million). The project includes widening of the Patparganj bridge, Maa Anand Mayee Marg and a road section on NH 24.

Transport Metro Connectivity

Name of Corridor Kms Starting Date Completion Date Present Status
New Delhi - Airport 19.2  20.04.07  Aug-10  7 nos. civil contracts and one concessionaire contract awardad, work in progress 7.6% work completed 
Central Secretariat – JLN Stadium - Badarpur  19.55  20.04.07  Sep 2010  8 nos. civil Contractsawarded, work in progress.7.7% work completed 
Vishwavidhalya –Jahangirpuri  6.36  23.11.05  Oct 2009  20%
Central Secretariat – AmbedkarColony - Gurgaon 26.80  01.11.06  Jun 2010  10% 
Shahdra – Dilshad Garden 3.9  07.04.06  Dec 2008  100% 
Indraprashtha – New AshokNagar - Noida 15.10  01.09.05  Jun 2009 10% 
Yamuna Bank – Anand Vihar 6.16  01.08.06  Dec 2009  15% 
Inderlok – Klrti Nagar - Mundka 18.50  12.04.06  Mar 2010  15% 
Dwarka Sector 9-21 5.0  06.03.06  Dec 2009  15% 
Total Length : 120.57 Kms
Estimated Cost : Rs. 16887 Cr (US $ 3965 million)
Augmentation of DTC Fleet
Orders for 500 Low Floor Buses have been placed so far by the Delhi Government, all deliveries will be completed by end August 2008. Orders for another 25 AC buses have been placed, and the delivery will be completed in three months. Besides, tenders for 3,500 Low Floor Buses and 1,000 Semi Low Floor Buses have been opened, and are being looked into.

Bus Rapid Transit System
A total of 7 corridors stretching over 115.5 km at a tentative cost of Rs. 1518 crore (US $ 356 million) have been planned. The stretch between Ambedkar Nagar and Mool Chand is complete and was operationalized in May 2008. Nearly 50 per cent of the corridor between Mool Chand and Delhi Gate is complete. For other corridors, techno-feasibility studies have been received and EFC memos are under process. The tentative completion period for all corridors is March 2010.

Augmentation of Power supply
Uninterrupted power supply for all venues and the Commonwealth Games Village has been planned by assigning 2-3 sources for each unit.
· Demand (March 2008): 2900 MW
· Projected Demand during CWG (Oct 2010): 4500 MW
· Availability from existing sources
(i) Delhi Generation: 1280 MW
(ii) Central Sector Generating
Stations: 2017 MW
Total: 3297 MW

· Availability from Upcoming Projects: 4350 MW
· Expected Surplus Power by 2010: 3147 MW
· More than 55 per cent of demand would be Load Centre Based (with Power Plants within 50 km radius of Delhi)
· Dadri NTPC Thermal: 900 MW
· Aravali JV NTPC and Haryana: 750 MW
· Damodar Valley Corporation: 1000 MW
· Bawana Gas based: 1500 MW
· Tala Bhutan Hydro: 200 MW
Total Planned Augmentation through New PPAs: 4350 MW

Augmentation of Water Supply
Uninterrupted water supply and sewage disposal will be assured to all venues and the Commonwealth Games Village. 1 MGD Water Treatment Plant and 1 MGD Sewage Treatment Plant have been planned for the Commonwealth Games Village. These will be completed by October 2009. Existing water supply and sewerage system at the venues will be improved by increasing the size of network or by replacement of existing network. Concerned agencies like CPWD, PWD, DDA, SAI to carry out augmentation work at respective venues.

Expected demand by 2010 is 1050 MGD while existing production from all sources is 770 MGD. Shortfall to be met by:
· Munak Canal: 80 MGD
· Recycling plants at existing WTPs: 45 MGD
· Additional water from BBMB to be released by Haryana: 20 MGD
· Sonia Vihar WTP: 20 MGD
· Rationalization of Water supply: 10 MGD
Total Availability expected during 2010: 945 MGD. 
With so much on the anvil, it is clear that Delhi is headed for a huge change.


August 2008

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