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Issues with food, travel still there

Does the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee have a magic wand that will help them keep their promise and clear the mess within next 24 hours? Or the string of problems concerning transport, quality of food and security delays continue to persist? HT reports

india Updated: Oct 06, 2010 02:32 IST
HT Correspondent

Does the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee have a magic wand that will help them keep their promise and clear the mess within next 24 hours? Or the string of problems concerning transport, quality of food and security delays continue to persist?

Quite a few at the OC office are not optimistic. An alleged overall mismanagement and corruption charge has put everything almost beyond its reach. Sources confirmed the recovery of vital data related to accreditation isn't possible now as the OC's accreditation FA, headed by joint-director general R.K. Sacheti, has lost details of above 5,000 such people, including that of international broadcasters.

The fall out of this accreditation issue is going to be bad as on Tuesday, the cleaning and waste management staff that was given wrong access, were refused entry at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, venue for squash and badminton.

"If their accreditation cards are not upgraded immediately, the venues would start to stink of waste and garbage as there is no one to clear them. At least they should be given special passes," complained one the venue managers, preferring anonymity.

Same with the drivers of the T1 and T2 transportation as in the absence of upgraded accreditation, they can't ferry athletes, officials and delegates to their scheduled destinations.

Catering is the other important area where things even on Tuesday were in pathetic state. Both the international and national technical officials at the Siri Fort Sports Complex were refused lunch by caterers as they had no such instructions.

The special director general Jiji Thomson’s office, responsible for catering and transportation, declined to comment on the issue. "We have taken some major steps today. Let's wait for a day and everything would be under control," said an official.