CW projects, improving traffic top concerns for new Chief Secretar

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New Delhi, Nov 30 (UNI) Newly-appointed Chief Secretary of Delhi, Rakesh Mehta today said timely completion of projects relating to 2010 Commonwealth Games and improving the traffic situation in the city would be among his top most priorities.

In a press meet, Mr Mehta said, ''Among my top most priorities as Chief Secretary, I would ensure that all the projects pertaining to the Commonwealth Games are completed on time, besides, improvement of public transport system and exploring long term solutions to the increasing traffic situation in the city.'' Tackling corruption and bringing transparency in public administration would also be of greater concern, Mr Mehta said.

Describing preparation of the Commonwealth games to be the main focus, he said,'' The upcoming years are critical due to the preparation for the 2010 Commonwealth Games and it will be my endeavour to motivate each and every official to contribute their best in making it a success.'' He added, ''In this regard, development of city infrastructure is of major importance and would be monitored regularly and incessantly. This includes the "hard" infrastructure of roads, bridges, flyovers, stadia etc. "Soft" infrastructure would also be taken care of like tourism promotion areas, heritage city promotion of Delhi and sprucing up the city for the games.'' Simultaneously, he also stressed the need to bring about improvement in the public transport situation in the city and reducing traffic congestion. ''The High Capacity Bus System corridor needs to be monitored closely and its implementation should not be hijacked by vested interests,'' he said, adding, improvement of public transport and recent orders of the high court need to be taken seriously.

A 1975 batch IAS officer, Mr Mehta succeeds the outgoing Chief Secretary R Narayanswami, who demits office today following his retirement.

An MSc from the London School of Economics and an alumni of the prestitious St Stephen's college, Mr Mehta has served on several posts in the Delhi administration including stints as Municipal Commissioner, the Chairman and Managing director of the Delhi Transport Corporation. Currently, he is the Principal Secretary (power) in the Delhi Government.

Introduction of computer education system in primary schools of Delhi, transformation of DTC from diesel to CNG in compliance of the orders of the Supreme Court, were some of his credit achievements.

As Principal secretary (power) he has augmented the power generation for Delhi by 8000 MW by 2012 and started the energy efficiency and Renewable energy management centre, 'Transco', here.


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