The Delhi government's PWD has rejected the latest alternate proposal of
the Urban Arts Commission. In order to prevent digging through the
archaeological site between Purana Quila and the Humayun's Tomb, the
Commission had suggested a road along the ring rail track that would
connect directly with Nehru Stadium.
After a stand-off between the Delhi Public Works Department (PWD) and
the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) for one and a half years, the
Cabinet Secretary has now appointed a three-member panel. The
Ahmedabad-based panel will look into the project details and come up
with a final verdict on the matter.
The three-member team led by Dr R N Vakil of Ahmedabad-based Central
Transport Institute, Dr Shivanand Swamy and development consultant Jivan
Mattoo will hand over their report to Secretary Union Urban Development
Ministry by October 25. The findings will then be passed on to the
Cabinet Secretary and then routed to the Prime Minister’s Office. The
PMO’s verdict on the matter will then be considered final.
Senior PWD officials said in either case the matter of whether Delhi
will see its first tunnel or not will be resolved this year. “But we are
running one and a half years behind schedule because of the dispute
between the Delhi government and the DUAC. If we start working on the
project now, the possibility of meeting the 2010 deadline is slim,” an