New Delhi: The Union government is concerned about the pace at which infrastructure projects sanctioned for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi are being built and the availability of hotel rooms in the Capital for the event. According to Union minister for science and technology Kapil Sibal, the Centre has formed a group of ministers (GoM) to monitor the construction work.
“There is a shortage of hotel rooms. We don’t think that as many hotels that we wanted constructed will be built,” Sibal said after a meeting of the cabinet on Thursday.
The GoM, headed by Union urban development minister S. Jaipal Reddy, will comprise Union minister for culture and tourism Ambika Soni and Sibal. “There is an element of urgency (in ensuring these works are completed),” Sibal said.
Asked whether the government plans any special security package for the Commonwealth Games, the minister said all security measures required will be in place for the event.
On Thursday, the cabinet also approved the financial restructuring of the Konkan Railway Corp. Ltd, or KRCL. A former Railway Board officer, who had handled the restructuring proposal, said the idea behind the proposal was to ensure that KRCL did not run into losses.
“KRCL has not been getting enough traffic and so it is not in a position to pay off its debts. This is why it needs some hand-holding from the ministry,” said this former officer, who did not want to be identified.