As the Commonwealth Games (CWG) beckons, concern to meet the deadline has gripped the officials and work is on at a war footing to complete the projects within the stipulated period.
Union Sports Minister, M.S. Gill, visited the Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Pool Complex, one of the CWG sites, to review the construction.
The Minister appeared pleased with the progress. “I am looking forward to the completion of the construction and we are expecting the complex to be handed over to us by October 2009. Officially, all the venues would be handed by December 31.”
On whether the government would be able to meet the deadline, Gill said they were hoping for the best. "I personally want them to be completed before time and we are trying our best."
On the swimming complex, Gill said it "would be state-of-the-art and would stand in good stead".
The CPWD (Central Public Works Department) is looking after five venues for the CWG, which include the Jawaharlal Stadium, National Stadium, Indira Gandhi Stadium, Karnail Singh and the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Complex.
"Each venue requires around 10 buildings," said B.S. Sachdeva, additional director general, CPWD: "Construction is on at a war footing and we are leaving no stone unturned to ensure we do not bust the deadline."
Sachdeva conceded there were obstacles initially but they had been overcome. "Issues like not getting money from the government halted work for a while. Natural reasons like the presence of rocks in the area caused delays. But we are back on track."
In the view of the recent bomb blasts in the Capital, Gill tried to allay concerns. "Security is one issue we are going to take care of diligently. I will see to it personally that safety measures are up to the mark."