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Final decision on baton relay route held up due to differences

Serious differences between Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and Delhi Police on the route for Queen's Baton Relay in the national capital today further held up a final decision on the issue.

delhi Updated: Aug 12, 2010 21:04 IST

Serious differences between Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and Delhi Police on the route for Queen's Baton Relay in the national capital on Thursday further held up a final decision on the issue.

Failing to finalise the route for the QBR, a high-level meeting headed by Lt Governor Tejindra Khanna asked the Organising Committee to "rework" its proposal for the relay in the city in coordination with the police.

The meeting also left it to the Group of Ministers on Games, headed by Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy, to take a final decision on the route of the QBR based on the new proposal to be submitted by the Organising Committee, a senior official, who attended the meeting, said.

The meeting also struck down an ambitious proposal of the OC to unveil the baton from a helicopter in the city. "The proposal to take the baton from the entry point in the city to its first destination by helicopter has been rejected," the official said.

He said while the OC strongly pitched for taking the baton to all the important monuments in the city, the police expressed serious reservation on it citing security concerns.

"The police wanted the baton to be kept at a particular place, preferably inside the OC headquarters. They are totally against taking the baton across the city due to security reasons," he said.

Officials of Delhi government also favoured taking the baton to various places in the city to enthuse and involve people with the 12-day-long mega event. The GoM is likely to meet next week and a final decision on journey of the baton is expected in the meeting.

The baton, now on nation-wide journey after completing its international leg, will arrive at the capital on September 30 and organisers want it to visit various places in the next few days before inauguration of the Games on October 3.