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Games plan trips on amenities

This came right from the top ? Commonwealth Games Federation president Michael Fennell.

india Updated: Jun 07, 2006 02:35 IST

The Delhi government maybe going ga-ga over its preparation for the Commonwealth Games 2010 but they don’t even have the basic necessities — water and power.

This came right from the top — Commonwealth Games Federation president Michael Fennell.

Fennell was in Delhi on Tuesday to review the preparedness of the city for hosting the next Games. Top officials of the government tried to make his visit memorable by brushing aside the problem, but sources said that Fennel did ask uncomfortable questions on the availability of power and infrastructure in the city and whether all the promised facilities would be in place, in time.

Sources in the meeting said that Fennell told CM Sheila Dikshit and top officials of the government that he has been reading about the power problems of Delhi in the newspapers. "Is the situation really bad in the city?" asked the Jamaican national to a stunned gathering of politicians and bureaucrats. Then, he made the atmosphere slightly light by saying that the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) had told them that significant investment has been made in the power sector in Delhi.

CM Sheila Dikshit, realised the importance of Fennel's comments and said that dedicated lines would serve all the Commonwealth venues, Games' village and hotels and the and there was no need for concern.

Fennel, nevertheless, was perhaps not satisfied. Emerging from the meeting in which Indian Olympic Association president Suresh Kalmadi and several HoDs of Delhi participated, the CGF president said that water supply, power and transport needed improvement. "We have got assurance from the government that things are on the right track," he told reporters.

Not satisfied with Delhi's efforts so far, Fennell said that a Coordination Commission would make its first visit to Delhi soon to assess the preparations.