The visiting officials, delegations and heads of states or governments for the forthcoming G-20 Summit, and millions of visitors and tourists to Delhi will be able to view the city with an entirely different perspective, they said.
“The makeover and beautification works on the stretch of road from IGI Airport to Dhaula Kuan and beyond on the Sardar Patel Marg, being personally supervised on a weekly basis by Lt Governor V K Saxena, is going on in right earnest.
“It is expected to be completed by the end of November, well in advance of the first visit by an official delegation related to G-20 Summit on December 1,” a source at the Raj Niwas said.
Work on beautification of this stretch will be completed in three months and similar aesthetic upgrading projects in several other parts of the city will be undertaken in a phased manner, officials had said late August.
Saxena, who had visited the stretch along with officials right on the day of assuming office as the LG, had put forth a comprehensive makeover plan and has since been personally monitoring it by visiting the location every Sunday, interacting with labourers among others to ensure timely and effective implementation.
He has since visited the site on 19 different occasions, sources said.
The makeover plan, that includes aesthetic upgrading of the stretch by way of uniform colour patterns on flyovers and foot over bridges, horticultural overhaul through flowering plants to achieve a stepped three-coloured pattern, general cleanliness and symmetric installation of fountains and big-sized lion statues, is almost complete, they said.
The works completed so far in “record time” include covering of open drains, overall sprucing up of the stretch by repairing the pavements, central verges and dividers, planting 30,000 seasonal flowers or plants and “painting flyovers in a new red and white colour scheme instead of the earlier black and white with approval of the CRRI (Central Road Research Institute), the source said.
It also includes installation of aesthetically designed view cutters with ‘Charkha‘ and ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav‘ (AKAM) logo at different locations,” the source said.
In steps that would effect long-term landscape changes, eight lion statues (six 6ft-high of white marble of two tonnes each, and two of 13-ft height of black stone (weighing 14 MT each) and nine fountains of 11 ft each are being installed at different locations, they said.