It’s not only the athletes and delegates who are facing “inhospitable conditions” at the Games Village built at a cost of more than thousand crore of rupees. In absence of adequate number of bathrooms, the police and security personnel deployed at the Games village are being forced to pee on walls.
There are only 100 mobile toilets for more than 3,200 security personnel who are securing the Games village.
Policemen also complained of “stale” food being provided to them. “The portable toilets are far and we cannot leave our position for a long time. So we are forced to relieve us on the nearby walls,” said a police officer posted at the Games village.
Police said even the loos that have been put up are not being maintained properly.
“There is no sanitation and hygiene in the loos, they are dirty most of the time. It is not worth using,” said the officer.
The Organising Committee (OC) had initially forgotten about their sanitary requirements. It was only when the issue was raised in one of the meetings that tenders were floated to buy portable toilets.
“While they had made all the arrangements, the sanitary requirements of the police personnel were completely forgotten. It was when we reminded them that they agreed,” said the officer.
“We are supposed to stand at the same position for hours together. The food being provided to us are stale and they even stink. We cannot order from outside,” said another officer. The kitchen at the Games village dishes out several cuisines throughout the day for the delegates and athletes who are putting up there.
Police said they have made their own arrangements at various barracks in and around the venues. For their own force who are living in barracks, Delhi Police had to float tenders to hire cooks.
When no response was met, Delhi Police withdrew the cooks from the house of senior and retired police officers and put them on duty at the barracks.
The officers were even sent bills for utilising the cooks hired by Delhi Police.