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Another incomplete venue opens

delhi Updated: Aug 02, 2010 01:19 IST
Shalabh Manocha
Shalabh Manocha
Hindustan Times
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Visitors at Sunday’s inauguration of the venue for the weightlifting competition of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium found seepage along many of its walls and — following two days of rain — waterlogging both inside and outside.

The area bore a curiously incomplete look but sports minister MS Gill and urban development minister Jaipal Reddy, both of whom attended the inauguration, tried hard to play down the shortcomings.

“Yes, there is some work left,” said Gill. “But even when you get your own house built, there is always some work left when you first occupy it. The remaining work will be over before the Games begin in October.”

“There are no serious flaws in the design of any of the stadiums,” he added. “There is no fault in any of the roofs. Don’t undermine the magnitude of the occasion that is coming up.”

Reddy agreed with Gill while assuring that those guilty of any irregularities would face the consequences. “The Central Vigilance Commission has come out with preliminary remarks on the alleged irregularities in the construction of venues. I assure that all those concerned will be punished,” said Reddy.

Of the nine venues under the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), this was the last to be handed over to the government.

A number of the newly-built stadiums inaugurated so far have revealed glitches. The roof of the table tennis hall at the Yamuna Sports Complex collapsed days after it was pronounced ready. It will need another month to repair.

There was widespread seepage at the Talkatora Indoor stadium where the boxing competition will be held. Parts of the shooting range at Gurgaon were practically washed away following a heavy spell of rain.

Gill was confident that the problems in all venues will be fixed since there was no major structural issues. He also said that the work of the engineers didn't end here. “I have asked both CPWD and SAI (Sports Authority of India) to depute senior responsible officials in all stadiums and to look into faults, and, if any, rectify them” he said.

“Nothing will be left unattended,” he said. “The officials will re-check everything everyday and will do whatever has to be done.” He also asked media to be a little more responsible and indulge in constructive criticism. “Everything is not that bad as portrayed by the media.”

international embarrassment looms

#The venue for the weightlifting competition opened with leaking walls and seepage all around

#Sports minister MS Gill said the venue was one of the best and would hold competitions successfully

#Most of the newly built sporting venues inaugurated so far have shown up serious shortcomings