The gigantic R70 crore aerostat — the prime attraction during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium — has landed the Organising Committee (OC) in a fix. Now, the OC has decided to approach amusement parks to sell the aerostat to them, as it is of no use to them.
“Although we will be floating a tender for the purpose, we are also planning to approach corporate houses and amusement parks across the country,” said a senior OC official.
The 80x40x12-metre aerostat, bought for the opening and closing ceremony of the Games, had provisions for a 360-degree projection on all its sides.
The customised aerostat was bought from Liverpool, UK, on the advice of Mark Fisher — the British production designer who had also designed the closing and opening ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Hindustan Times had earlier reported that OC CEO Jarnail Singh had shot off a letter to the ministry of sports, as they were undecided on the fate of the aerostat that made its last appearance on October 14, at the closing ceremony at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
He asked the ministry to decide what should be done with the helium balloon and other items such as the expensive kitchen equipment at the Games Village kitchen, computers, television and furniture.
OC officials also fear that the aerostat's resale value might go down after the inner parts of the balloon got damaged by heavy rains that lashed Delhi a week before the Games.
Plans to arrange the aerostat were made at the last moment, as organisers wanted a structure in the open arena of the stadium that could project live video feed during the performance.
“Earlier, we were getting similar equipment that needed four pillars to stand on, but when that was not feasible we decided to go for the aerostat,” said the official.