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We doubt it

Pessimists are casting doubts about whether things will be ready in time. Should we get worried that Delhi ministers are worried about the progress of Games projects?

india Updated: Jul 13, 2010 22:59 IST

Sometimes, you just need to stop being negative to get things going. And the ongoing spadework in New Delhi to complete preparations for the Commonwealth Games before it’s on us in October is a case in point. Pessimists are coming out of the cement work casting doubts about whether things will be ready in time. That is human nature. But when ministers in the government of the very city-state that will be hosting the first big international sporting event since the 1982 Asian Games start talking about “shortcomings” in the Games venues and sites, we may be talking about serious self-doubt here — something even less constructive than behind-schedule projects.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, in such circumstances, can’t really be faulted for asking her ministers to refrain from discussing the progress of Commonwealth Games projects with the ‘please let’s have some horrible soundbites’ media. Ms Dikshit has instead told those in her cabinet worried about the time schedule to directly bring these ‘worries’ to her notice so that they can be addressed, instead of being turned into media fodder.

The media, on its part, surely can look into other Commonwealth Games-related concerns. Such as whether construction agencies are making solid, safe and dependable structures while keeping their eyes on the calendar.