New Delhi: On one hand where organisations like DMRC have set new standards in meeting deadlines of construction projects, other government machineries in the national capital have lived up to their reputation of failing to complete projects on time.

Even one year after it was formally inaugurated, the tallest building in Delhi- Civic Centre of Municipal Corporation of Delhi - is still incomplete.

Only about 80 percent of the work has been completed till date despite the fact that several government departments have shifted base at the centre in a phased manner.

It still lacks in several facilities. The equipment to improve the mobile network connection is yet to be installed. Almost all the departments have undergone a sleek look, but the mechanism to maintain cleanliness is missing.

The part that would host the meetings of the councilors of MCD is still incomplete. The hall earmarked for holding meetings of the House and the Standing Committee will also take few more months to be ready.

Moreover, the building has still not received clearance from the Fire Department. An NOC is still awaited.

Newly elected mayor Rajni Abbi inspected the building on Thursday and also took a stock of the situation from the Municipal Commissioner on completion of works.

Apart from construction work, it has still not been decided whether the responsibility of security arrangements would be handed over to CISF or not.

It should be learnt that the Civic Centre was inaugurated on April 22 by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram.

49 years and counting

It might be surprising to note that it took 49 long years for the tower to take shape as it is now.  According to MCD commissioner K S Mehra, the plan to construct the centre was formulated in 1961.

The location was also decided and the Union Urban Development Ministry had allotted 11.54 acre land to MCD in 1983 itself.

JPN/Bureau