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Australians worried about preparedness

delhi Updated: Aug 03, 2010 01:03 IST
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Ever since the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has made its probe report public, revealing improprieties and poor quality execution of 15 Commonwealth Games (CWG) projects, it’s been flooded with unusual calls.

Foreigners, especially from Australia, have been calling up the commission to find out whether it would be safe to visit India for the Commonwealth Games.

“Every day we are getting desperate calls from foreigners. Many Australians have called up to enquire whether the quality of the construction work is substandard. They seemed concerned and wanted to know whether it would be safe to visit India,” a CVC official said, wishing to remain anonymous.

“We have been telling them they need not worry at all since the problem is not as big as it is made out to be,” the official added.

However, this is not to be mistaken as calls from the Australian government or athletes from that country.

The CVC inquiries into burgeoning allegations of corruption in Commonwealth Games projects have raised an alarm in India, with the government expressing serious concern over the poor quality work at various sites.

But the vigilance commission has maintained that inspections were carried out by its chief technical examiner's wing in a routine manner and it was not the final investigation report.