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Sports Ministry rap for Games body

The Union sports ministry on Thursday pulled up the Commonwealth Games OC for delays in the sanction of plans related to the event.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2009 13:56 IST
Anuradha Mukherjee
Anuradha Mukherjee
Hindustan Times

The Union sports ministry on Thursday pulled up the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) for delays in the sanction of plans related to the event.

The OC is yet to come up with a plan for the overlays (temporary facilities like seating arrangements, timers, broadcast and public announcement systems) required at the different stadiums for conducting the Games.

The meeting was attended by Union sports minister M.S. Gill, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, Union sports secretary Sudhir Nath and Delhi chief secretary Rakesh Mehta among others.

The ministry has apparently taken exception to the inordinate delay in sanctioning the plan. Delhi government sources told HT that while architects had been appointed and construction work was on at various Games sites, the projects could not be finished as a lot of decisions were dependent on the overlay plan.

“For example, the OC is expected to prepare a plan and brief the architects on where the PA systems will be required. Or for that matter, where the display screens or timers for sporting events should be put up. Even for putting up electrical wires and sockets, one needs a plan or else we will end up digging up the place after finishing the work,” said a senior government official requesting anonymity, as he was not authorised to speak to the media on this issue.

But Mehta said: “Work on most of the projects is on and we still have 18 months,” he said. The Delhi government had earlier drawn the OC’s attention to the delays in the creation of a look that Delhi would sport in preparation for the Games. A presentation was made in this connection last week by the private firm hired for the purpose. The firm had presented some logos and designs for kiosks and display plans for DTC buses and government buildings to be used to build the mood for the Games.

But Dikshit has issued instructions to make these designs more application friendly. “A number of beautiful logos have been designed, but we need to know how and where they should be used. The CM has asked for specific plans,” a government source said.

She had also said that people arriving in the city through the airports, railway and metro stations should be made aware of the upcoming Games. “A range of logos and public displays have been designed, along with information booths and kiosks. The idea is to put the city in a Games mode. Use of bus Q-shelter, information kiosks, bright wraps for government buildings, buses, flyovers, drinking water counters and even dustbins for display of these specially designed signs was also discussed,” said a senior government official.

First Published: Jan 30, 2009 13:55 IST