Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed displeasure at the slow pace of preparations for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi at a review meeting with officials involved in organising the Games. He asked them to streamline the preparations by referring to the Chinese model, the way Beijing prepared for the Olympics it will host later this year.
The PM also reportedly asked the officials to prepare a detailed road map to complete the work well before the end of 2009 and strictly comply with it. He also sought better coordination between different agencies to ensure quality infrastructure for the Games.
Singh had been to China earlier this month. According to sources in the government, Wednesday’s was the third review meeting he attended in a short span, indicating his displeasure over the pace of work.
China had the infrastructure ready a year before the Olympics, scheduled in September, which looks unlikely in Delhi.
However, officials of the Delhi government, sports ministry and Indian Olympic Association said work was on track. But the delay in the construction of the Games Village on the Yamuna riverbed was a concern for all, sources said.