Kalmadi calms Games concerns
With just 501 to go, while Games officials are confident work on various infrastructure projects related to the Games is more or less on track and will be completed on schedule, what they are a worried about are security concerns surrounding the event, reports HT Correspondent.delhi Updated: May 19, 2009 23:55 IST
The countdown for the 2010 Commonwealth Games has begun.
With just 501 to go, while Games officials are confident work on various infrastructure projects related to the Games is more or less on track and will be completed on schedule, what they are a worried about are security concerns surrounding the event.
“Now that we have a stable government at Centre, there is going to be continuity. We are going to have the best Commonwealth Games ever. But security issues are a matter of concern right now and we have to be very careful about all security aspects. We are working hard to ensure a safe Games,” said Suresh Kalmadi, chairman, Organizing Committee, Commonwealth Games 2010.
Kalmadi said so while addressing the media at the Games Village, coming up on the eastern banks of the Yamuna. This was Kalmadi’s first visit to the site, which will accommodate 8,500 athletes and delegates, expected to participate in the 2010 Games. Later, he visited the construction site — for the first time since work started.
Asked about the progress of work at the site, he admitted that in the last few months’ work had slowed down after the project got entangled in litigation and the developers ran into financial trouble.
“But now, work is on schedule not only at the Games Village but also at other infrastructure projects. Work here is 44 per cent complete. Most projects like competition venues, hotels, roads, flyovers, etc. will be ready by December. Some projects like the rugby stadium and Yamuna Velodrome where work is going a bit slow would be ready by March next year,” he said.
Heaping praise on Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, he said: “We want him (Rahul) to get involved in the Games like his father, who was involved in the 1982 Asian Games. We will ask him if he can lend his support to oversee the Games’ preparations.”