New Delhi: Allaying fears of delay in preparation for the Commonwealth Games 2010, government on Wednesday assured Rajya Sabha that all state-of-the-art stadia and infrastructure will be completed in time and security steps taken to ensure that the mega event is incident-free.
“The stadia will be completed in time. The government is investing substantial amounts for upgradation of various stadia to be used for the games. These stadia will become state-of-the-art venues of international standard,” minister of youth affairs and sports M.S. Gill said.
In a statement on the calling attention on the preparation for Commonwealth Games, he said that the financial sanctions for all the stadia, estimated to cost around Rs4,100 crore, have been accorded and work is progress at a rapid pace.
He said that the work on three stadia—Dr.S.P.M. Swimming Complex, Dr.Karni Singh Shooting Range and the Cycling Velodrome—had a delayed start due to some design issues.
“The group of ministers (GoM), constituted for the games, review the progress every week,” Gill said.
The minister said that the Games Village was being developed near Akshardham Temple by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on public-private-partnership (PPP) model and the work is being closely monitored by the ,ministry of urban development. “The work is well on schedule and will be completed in time”, he said