New Delhi: The promise of the Delhi Urban Art Commission to enhance Delhi’s beauty on the lines of London and Paris in ten years would come at a cost of a whopping Rs 100 crores. The Commission has already asked the Union Urban Development Ministry for the amount.

Discussing his plans, the Chairman of the Commission Raj Reval said in a news conference on Wednesday, “The architects must be made to compete with each other over the construction fee to avoid extra expenditure.”

Expressing concern on delayed projects in Delhi, Reval Said, “The lack of coordination between various departments is the main reason behind the slow development of the metro city. This is because, untill the file is approved by concerned bodies, the input cost doubles in the intervening period.”

He stressed the need to implement single window system and has already sent a proposal in this regard to the Urban Development Ministry.

According to Reval, during the construction of government buildings, architects and builders have to send their proposal to the Commission which gives its nod after the investigation. For any construction, approval is required from several agencies which lead to the delay of the project. Therefore, the building by-laws need to be simplified and a single window system software must be developed which can issue an approval certificate after completion of all investigations. Plans are in final stage for the purpose.

Reval also held meetings with the architects in November to discuss the fine prints of the project.
The ministry is embarking on an idea of installing nameplates on government buildings, bearing the name of the architect, engineer, building owner or builder which will therefore set the responsibility of the person concerned.

The Central Vigilance Commission and the government have been advised to select architects through bidding to recruit worthy, useful and inexpensive talent. The Commission has selected 50 parks in the capital which need transformation and has received proposals regarding rehabilitation of slum areas of Delhi, Metro Corridor and many more such projects.

(JPN/Bureau)