The Commonwealth Games are just a little more than a month away with most venues yet to be declared structurally safe and combustion-proof.
The government had declared August 31 as the last date for completing all Games-related projects in the Capital but with last minute work still on in many stadiums a majority of them still don't have No Objection Certificates (NOC) and completion certificates.
This includes the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, which would host the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games.
Out of the 13 sports venues, the Delhi Fire Services (DFS) has given an NOC to only four while the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has given occupancy certificate to only one stadium so far.
"We have given a completion certificate to Chattrasal stadium so far. Four of the stadiums are yet to be given clearance by the Delhi Urban Arts Commission and the rest are in the pipeline,” said a senior MCD official. The Central Public Works Department (CPWD), which constructed the JLN stadium, seemed in no hurry.
“We haven't received the completion certificate yet but we still have five more days to go. We are sure we will get it,” said BK Chugh, director general, CPWD.
The MCD official also said that a number of stadia are far from ready and in such a situation they cannot give them occupancy certificate.
“Clearance can only be given if the work is complete in all sense of the word. But in most of the stadiums work is still on. A number of agencies have not even furnished complete documents yet,” added the official.
He said a completion certificate is important because it ensures safety of the premises.
Similarly, the DFS looks for provisions such as dedicated area for stationing of water cannons, emergency exits, fire resistant electrical fittings and a route for the effective movement of deployed Delhi Fire Service personnel before granting an NOC.
“We have only given clearance to six competition/non-competition venues that approached us. The rest have not been given clearance on account either of lack of fire safety infrastructure or because the infrastructure isn’t functional,” said RC Sharma, director of Delhi Fire Services.
Yamuna Sports Complex, RK Khanna Tennis Complex, Siri Fort Sports Complex are among those that are yet to get the required clearances.