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Can't ready Shivaji Stadium in time for Games: NDMC

In keeping with the civic-agency tradition of not executing projects on time, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) — which is constructing Shivaji Stadium, one of the training venues for the Commonwealth Games — has said that it will be able to complete the stadium only partially before the Games. HT reports.

delhi Updated: Aug 19, 2010 00:52 IST
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In keeping with the civic-agency tradition of not executing projects on time, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) — which is constructing Shivaji Stadium, one of the training venues for the Commonwealth Games — has said that it will be able to complete the stadium only partially before the Games.

NDMC has already missed several deadlines for its other Games-related projects, including subway construction work and multi-level parking.

After Wednesday's shower, the Shivaji Stadium was completely waterlogged with huge chunks of rubble seen everywhere, questioning the credibility of the deadline that has been set by the NDMC.

"The Organizing Committee had asked us to provide them a technology room and the ground floor. We will be able to complete them before the Games," said NDMC spokesman, Anand Tiwari.

According to NDMC officials, all the five storeys of the facility block being constructed in the stadium complex will not be ready before the Games and construction work will resume after Games are over. This means that athletes will be carrying out their training session in a half-built stadium.

The stadium, which will be used as a training venue for hockey, was supposed to have been ready by June 30, according to NDMC's own deadline. The cost of constructing the stadium is R 150 crore.

Unable to meet the deadline the civic agency has a list of excuses ready. "Carrying out work in Shivaji Stadium has been an uphill task, first we had to deal with a water reservoir coming in the way. After that a water line had to be shifted too. Lot of digging is being carried out by us but dumping that is also a challenge," said the official.