Police refuse to hold two C'wealth events
The police has rejected the proposals to hold Lawn Bowls at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and the Archery final in the India Gate lawns, reports Chetan Chauhan.delhi Updated: Aug 07, 2007 01:53 IST
Even as a Group of Ministers on Monday failed to resolve the controversial link between the Commonwealth Games Village and Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, the Delhi Police voiced its own grouses on two major events.
The police has rejected the proposals of the Suresh Kalmadi-headed organising committee to hold Lawn Bowls at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and the Archery final in the India Gate lawns.
In case of Lawn Bowls, the police argument was that the holding area and circulation space for spectators and pedestrians is not enough. Then Delhi Police chief K.K. Paul had said evacuation in case of an emergency at the stadium would be difficult, and an alternative venue was thus needed .
The GoM then asked Home Minister Shivraj Patil to intervene and resolve the issue.
On the Archery final in the C-Hexagon lawns of India Gate, the GoM sought the opinion of a panel of the urban development ministry. The Delhi Police has expressed reservations on holding archery finals in the India Gate area, citing VIP traffic movement in the area and hockey matches at the National Stadium.
However, the GoM felt that these issues could be resolved by the approval of the ministry panel. The preliminary rounds of archery would now be organized at cricket stadium of the Yamuna Sports Complex after Delhi University refused to organize the event. The GoM also approved Rs 661 crore for preparing the Indian team for the Games. Training avenues will come up nationwide where upcoming talent and established players would trained together.