After Thursday, when curtains come down on the biggest sporting event in India, the Organising Committee will begin the biggest “garage sale” India has ever seen.
Equipment worth hundreds of crores of rupees, which were used behind the scenes for the smooth organising of the Games, will be up for grabs. And the first of lot is already up on the shelf.
Sophisticated kitchen equipment worth around R10 crore being used at the Games Village to feed athletes and officials will be on exhibition from Friday till October 21. Anyone can fix an appointment and go to the Village and check out the state-of-the-art equipment that dished out cuisines from across the globe 24X7. The highest bidder takes home the stuff.
“We plan to conclude the sale process by October 25. This is also a huge task,” said Jiji Thomson, head of catering at the Village.
There are cold rooms, serving equipment, crockery, refrigerators, exhaust fans, air coolers, utensils and virtually everything that goes into making 36,000 meals every day.
“The auction is open to all. But much of the stuff will be useful only to hotels and large caterers, because we had customised the equipment while buying them,” Thomson said.
The equipment had been purchased from a London-based supplier, which supplies to Australian Caterer Delaware-North, that bagged the catering contract for the Village.
Hundreds of computers, printers — all high-end ones —carpets, other furnishing items are some of the items waiting to go on auction. A sizeable chunk of sports equipment, mainly related to athletics will also be on sale.
“Much of what we are using is on rent, which will go back to the vendors as per agreement. But the rest we will sell as per the norms,” said Harsh Kumar, head of IT at the OC.
A large number of the 2,000-odd workforce, which belonged to state and central government services, will start getting repatriated to their respective jobs end of this month. The eight-storey NDMC building on Jai Singh Road near Jantar Mantar will start getting vacated as a result.
Officials assure that the two wings of the eight-storey building are packed with items that can form the mother of all second-hand sale.
“We procured the items from the best vendors. So the items we have, from stationary items to large office furniture, all are best in the class,” said a senior OC official associated with administration.