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New-look flyovers before Commonwealth Games

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, FEB. 4. Before the start of the Commonwealth Games in 2010, all the flyovers in the Capital will have an altogether new aesthetic look with beautifully landscaped surroundings. The concept prepared by Delhi Government will try to portray India's glorious history through murals and paintings that will come up on vacant landscaped areas near flyovers. There are plans to use vacant areas under flyovers as cultural hub or a meeting place with various utility concepts like bookshops, food courts, coffee point and café.

The Delhi Government's Aesthetic Committee formed for this purpose today held a meeting under the chairpersonship of the Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, to discuss "development of suitable themes and prepare a concept brief for each of the flyover to donate an era relating to historical times". The meeting discussed various concepts that were likely to be adopted for portrayal of India's history and chalked out a plan to develop greenery near flyovers. For the pilot project, new flyovers at Dhaula Kuan and at AIIMS have been shortlisted.

The Aesthetic Committee that was formed in December last year has the Delhi Development Minister, A.K. Walia, and the Chief Secretary, S. Regunathan, as its members. It also comprises eight other members belonging to other Government departments related to the project including the Public Works Department, Delhi Development Authority, Municipal Corporation of Delhi, and Department of Environment and Forests besides landscape experts.

According to Dr. Walia, the plan was to first develop a green belt around the flyovers and then go for landscaping and setting up of murals. The historical concepts for the murals and paintings could be the Indus Valley Civilisation, the Maurya Dynasty, the Mughal Period or the Colonial Period.

Similar such ideas would be conceptualised and murals / paintings prepared for implementation on these flyover projects. The idea was not only to make flyovers and its surroundings look attractive and beautiful but also give information about Indian history in a very interesting manner. A lot of foreign tourists were likely to arrive in Delhi for the Commonwealth Games and it would be an impressive way to give them a glimpse of India as well as make the city look beautiful, he added.

"Departments in-charge of developing greenery near flyovers like the PWD, MCD and DDA have been asked to conduct surveys of flyovers and prepare a plan to develop greenery around them. Once good amount of greenery is developed, experts will go for landscaping and other ornamental additions to the projects to make them beautiful. Appointment of an international consultant will be done soon and the entire project including greenery development and landscaping might be completed by 2008," said the Minister.

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