The G20 summit, that was hosted by Delhi earlier this month, is over and what had been left out around the venue had now seemingly become a lucky draw contest for the thieves who have stolen a slew of items that were erected for the city's beautification drive. The G20 summit was held on September 9 & 10 at Bharat Mandapam, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi and it was attended by the leaders and dignitaries from forty countries.
For the two-day mega gathering, the government had spent months of time and crores from the treasury to build infrastructure across Delhi with the view of ensure that the world leaders get a hassle-free stay and heart-touching hospitality during their stay. Several investments were made to beautify the venue and the city for which a lot of equipment and items were installed.
However, after the summit ended, those items were left unremoved and now, they were grabbed by wrong hands. According to Indian Express, the city had witnessed incidents of thefts and damage to the items that were installed across various parts for beautification of the city. As part of the beautification of Bharat Mandapam and Lutyens' Delhi, the Public Works Department (PWD) and New Delhi Municipal Council had installed statues, fountains, lights, and other equipment.
The police have now said that they have received a slew of complaints of missing flower pots, rubber nozzles, wires, and broken lights in the city, especially in the New Delhi district. The Indian Express had quoted the sources saying that the police found that several decorative pots, which were lined up at Income Tax Office and Rajghat have been stolen since the G20 summit.
They have also founded that while a few pots were stolen, others were damaged or found lying flat with flowers and mud on the road. A police officer had further said that the law enforcement agency had received information that several lights near the Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and Sarai Kale Khan flyover have been damaged and that they are still unaware whether these damages were accidental or done intentionally.
Similar such thefts were reported near Rajghat, Turkman Gate, India Gate, Kashmere Gate, and the Red Fort. However, the police claimed that the stolen items have low value due to which no FIRs were filed. On the other hand, the police have reported that street vendors and encroachments have come again in North Delhi. They were earlier removed from there in the wake of the G20 summit.