Chairman of the Games Village Committee, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, alleged that repeated reminders to the Organising Committee about apprehensions that the Village would not be ready in time had fallen on deaf ears.
Dhindsa felt the construction company for the Village, should also be held responsible and penalised. “The company should not only be blacklisted but a case also be registered against them,” said Dhindsa.
Stating that the Games Village Committee was a body without any powers, Dhindsa said till date none of the other members of the committee had got their accreditation cards and so were not allowed inside the Village.
“Only I can visit the Village because I have got my accreditation card, but no other member of the Games Village Committee is allowed to enter as none of them have got their accreditations. With this approach of the Organising Committee, you can judge how they have rated our committee and what duties they expect from us,” said Dhindsa.
Much of the bad press the Games has got of late is due to the poor quality of accommodation provided to the players at the Village. Quite a few rooms are still incomplete and there are many areas that need repair. Even the cleaning work is yet to be completed. “It’s embarrassing that with just seven days left, the Village is not ready and it has dented our pride,” he said.
“The committee formed for the Games Village was just a procedure. I was made the chairman but I didn’t have any powers. My ideas of getting things done in a proper way were repeatedly ignored. I brought the sorry state of the Games Village to the notice of the Organising Committee many times and even wrote to them twice, but to no avail,” added Dhindsa.