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CGF questions delays in 2010 Games

The Govt may have a lot to explain to a CGF delegation visiting New Delhi from Monday, reports Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Nov 19, 2006 17:43 IST

The government may have to a lot to explain to a delegation of Commonweath Games Federation (CGF) visiting Delhi from Monday.

The CGF has sent its observations to the Organising Committee on the preparedness of the government for organising Commonwealth Games 2010.

The abstract of the observations have been circulated to all the stakeholders -  Delhi Government, Delhi Development Authority, Union Sports Ministry and the Organising Committee - with a request to answer queries related to the games.

According to ministry officials, stakeholders have been told to make specific presentation on their plans for the games with specific reference to the observations of CGF. The presentations will be made for two days beginning Monday.

The federation has sought deadlines for upgradation of the stadiums, construction of new sporting facility, games village and modern transport facilities for sportsperson and the official who will attend the games. 

The government has given 2009 as a deadline for completing all works related to the games. The stakeholders have submitted some of their plans for organising the games to CGF but the federation felt that the follow-up action was ‘relatively’ slow, a Sports Ministry official said. Now, during the two-day visit to the city, the CGF representatives would like to seek specific explanation for the delays. 

The CGF delegation will also visit the existing stadiums to analyse the facilities available there. The Sports Ministry is expected to inform the delegation about its plan to improve the facilities to international standard in the stadiums. The CPWD has prepared a blueprint for upgrading five stadiums but awaits financial approval to its Rs 1,250 crore proposal.

Ministry officials said that the CGF is also expected to advise them on how to improve the facilities. “We will like to benefit from their expertise,” a ministry official said. CGF has already appointed an international consultant Events Knowledge Services (EKS) for helping India is organising the games.

An EKS team had visited Delhi last year and had submitted a detailed project report to the organising committee.

Ministry officials term the visit of CGF delegation key for future course of action on projects for the Commonwealth Games.