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C'Wealth Games infrastructure, stadia to be ready on time: MS Gill

india Updated: Nov 25, 2009 15:53 IST
Commonwealth Games 2010

Allaying fears of delay in preparation for the Commonwealth Games 2010, government today assured Rajya Sabha that all state-of-the-art stadia and infrastructure will be completed on time and security steps taken to ensure that the mega event is incident-free.

"The stadia will be completed in time. The Government is investing substantial amounts for upgradation of various
stadia to be used for the games. These stadia will become state-of-the-art venues of international standard," Minister
of Youth Affairs and Sports MS Gill said.

In a statement on the Calling Attention on the preparation for Commonwealth Games, he said that the financial sanctions
for all the stadia, estimated to cost around Rs 4,100 crore, have been accorded and "work is progress at a rapid pace".

He said work on three stadia -- Dr SPM Swimming Complex, Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range and the Cycling Velodrome -- had a delayed start due to some design issues.

The Group of Ministers, constituted for the Games, review the progress every week, Gill said.

The Minister said the Games Village was being developed near Akshardham Temple by the Delhi Development Authority on Public-Private-Partnership model and the work is being closely monitored by the Ministry of Urban Development. "The work is well on schedule and will be completed in time," he said.