A look at SDMC's incomplete projects- from Nirbhaya museum to Kalkaji hospital, all promises unfulfilled

The SDMC's various 'multilevel parking lot' projects have turned out to be sad stories. In a part of the city where cars jostle for space both on the roads and in colony bylanes when at rest, these projects have stretched for seven years.

Located in Munirka, Subhash Nagar, Rajouri Garden, New Friends Colony, Jangpura, Kalkaji and Hauz Khas - these parking lots were supposed to be completed ahead of the Commonwealth Games. Each of these cost Rs 25-30 cr. The first seven are yet to see the light of the day. The multi-level parking facility at Hauz Khas is operational but remains underutilised. Earlier, it had design flaws leading to the exit point not being wide enough for a large car to move through.

The Rani Jhansi Flyover

Conceived as a major showcase project in 2008 to link Pusa Road and ISBT - has now become the proverbial 'albatross around MCD's neck'. The incomplete 1.6 km stretch is now cited by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal at every rally and public speech as the "most visible proof of corruption in BJP-led MCDs". The flyover has been in the making for 10 years now with the cost shooting from Rs 177 cr to Rs 724 cr. Pravesh Wahi, standing committee chairman of north MCD, says 30 per cent of the work still remains to be done. Meanwhile, motorists are hugely inconvenienced. Debris are strewn all around, creating a risk of accidents and heavy dust pollution. The underbelly of the flyover has become the adda of drug addicts and beggars.

Nirbhaya Science museum

This is a classic example of how our MCD leaders make grand declarations and then conveniently forget about them. Following the horrific 'Nirbhaya gangrape and murder' case in Munirka in December 2012, the SDMC had announced that it will rename its RK Puram's 'Children Resource Centre' as the 'Brave Heart Musuem.' On February 6, 2013, SDMC promised Rs 20 cr for its renovation and the deceased girl's parents were also present at the event.

But one visit to the museum now, attached to an SDMC Primary School, and you know that nothing has changed. The facility is as archaic as it can be with locked galleries, a dark alleyway and obsolete and termite-infested displays. Only a Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur statue greets children. Curator Dhruv Prasad Soni said, "The SDMC had planned to do up the museum with CSR money. But inspite of several efforts, no company is coming forward."

Hospital in Kalkaji

The 100-bed 'Purnima Sethi Multi-Speciality Hospital' was touted as south Delhi's first such municipal facility. Named after a woman BJP MLA from Kalkaji, it was initially proposed in 2005 and supposed to be completed in three years.

Construction finally began in 2010 and finished in October 2015 with the cost going up from Rs 31 cr to Rs 52 cr. It was inaugurated with much celebration by Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, but to little avail. Today, it is back to its former status of a neighbourhood 'dispensary.'. Only an OPD functions from the ground and first floor. The speciality departments - gynecology, pediatrics, obstetrics, etc. - don't function. The SDMC is planning to hand it over to the Union government with a possible tie-up with Safdarjung Hospital.

Chairman of the committee Shailendra Singh Monty says, "We were facing a problem in running it due to lack of specialty doctors. Space was also underutilised and fund crunch was imminent."

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