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Games Village to auction furniture worth crores

Sidhartha Roy, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 11, 2013
First Published: 01:47 IST(11/3/2013) | Last Updated: 13:46 IST(11/3/2013)

You read about all that high-end imported furniture adorning the flats in the Commonwealth Games Village, and now you just might get to lug a couple of those swanky pieces home.

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The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has woken up from a long and expensive slumber and is scouting for contractors who will fix the long neglected and damaged furniture within the next three months.    

It had spent Rs. 38 crore in 2010 to procure the furniture and now it will spend another Rs. 21 lakh on repairwork. “It will all be repaired and most likely be auctioned,” said a senior DDA official, who did not wish to be named.

The 1,168 flats of the CWG Village, which housed foreign athletes and officials, had beds, side tables, sofa sets, closets and dining tables imported from China and Malaysia. They also had electronic gadgets, cutlery and linen.

Everything else was removed by the organising committee soon after the Games, but the furniture was left behind for want of a clear-cut policy as to what to do with them.

Some pieces gathered dust, while some others were removed to the common basement of the Village complex. “Many were damaged during the shifting process,” said the DDA official. A seepage problem in the basement damaged the other items eventually. Still no rescue plan was drawn up.

Now, with the DDA’s plans, there is hope that some of those crores spent on the fixtures might be recovered at last.


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