In recent days, Delhi Metro has provided ample opportunities to Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy to speak about Commonwealth Games. On Friday, after flagging off Metro corridor between Central Secretariat and Qutb Minar, Reddy spared very little time to talk about the Metro.
His focus was damage control, caused due to unearthing of alleged financial scams related to the Games. He termed media reports of profligacy on Commonwealth Games projects as “ridiculously exaggerated” and asked people to concentrate in celebrating the event. He said there should not be any confusion over the expenditure, as this will leave a legacy for the city and its people.
“We welcome constructive criticism but media should highlight the positive aspects of the games preparation. Now you have international standard stadia,” he said. He said Centre has spent R 11,000 crore on the Commonwealth Games, while Delhi government has made an expenditure of R600 to 700 crore.
On Wednesday also the minister utilised the DMRC platform to popularise the Games. After inaugurating a ‘Crafts of India’ gallery at INA Metro station, he had urged the people to be patient and not to be fault finding about the preparations for Commonwealth Games.