Dismissing reports that the Commonwealth Games projects were behind schedule, a confident Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday said delays were not something to panic about and claimed everything was as per schedule.
"There is no need to panic. All the games-related works are going as per schedule. If there are delays, then delays are not something to be panick about. The way we are functioning, we will be able to save some money rather than overspending it (on construction)," Dikshit told reporters here.
Her statement comes a day after she issued a gag order on her cabinet colleagues not to air views about their inspections of the Games' projects and not to allow media persons to accompany them.
Finance Minister A K Walia had yesterday said that the Yamuna Sports Complex (a DDA project), going by the way it is right now, may not be able to meet the August 31 deadline set by the chief minister.
Dikshit also said all civic agencies and government departments are working tirelessly to complete the projects to meet the deadline of August 2010.
"Our target is that by August 10 we will clear all big construction waste heaps from the city. So far, since last fortnight we have removed around 16,000 tonnes of waste.
"Except one or two, all stadiums are almost ready and by the end of next month we will complete all work such as flyovers, buildings, street-scaping and streetlights related to the mega event," the Chief Minister said.
September is going to be utilised for giving finishing touches, Dikshit added.
Refusing to react to former Sports Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar's criticism of the CWG, Dikshit instead said that the city government has endeavoured to upgrade the city's infrastructure in the wake of the extravaganza slated between October 3-14.
"All the infrastructural projects have strong legacy value and will go a long way in the improvement of the city infrastructure along with the standard of living of the people of Delhi," she added.