Controversy over CWG rages on, Walia unsatisfied with pace of various projects

July 28th, 2010 - 11:18 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, July 28 (ANI): The controversy over the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) continued on Wednesday with Delhi Finance and Power Minister A K Walia saying that he is unsatisfied with the pace of various projects related to the upcoming event.

Walia, who went around various on-going projects related to the games today for a first hand information of these projects, said he wishes to see the assigned contractors completing assigned projects by the dead line of August 15.

“Definitely there is improvement, but I am not completely satisfied. Every body has to buckle up and do the work faster. I have asked every agency to complete the work by August 15,” said Walia.

He further said that work on the many new stadiums being built is running well behind the schedule.

“Though there is improvement in the pace of work, I doubt if they would be able to complete the work even by August 31. We will again come on a round on August 15. I have asked them to take up all the works simultaneously and not just one by one,” added Walia.

Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports M S Gill, however, today said the media had been wrongly depicting the preparations of the CWG, asserting that nine out of the 13 stadiums are ready for the upcoming event.

“The fact remains these stadiums have no faults, there is no leakage anywhere, and the architecture and engineering is the first time in India even the Public Works Department (PWD) has seen,” said Gill.

Gill further said that he has been dedicated to his work since he resumed his office on April 6, 2008, and maintained that he would complete his part of work in time for the CWG.

“I made sure, which was necessary, that all requirements are fully funded in good time. I have seen in my life that projects like any kind in the country, often they linger, they languish, because funding is not there,” said Gill.

“In this case, all the funding, whatever increases also, after checking by officers, were given by mid 2009,” he added while speaking to the media after the Parliament session of the day.The Commonwealth Games 2010 will be held from October 3 to 14 in the national capital.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi is being touted as the biggest international sporting event to be hosted by India since the 1982 Delhi Asian Games.

Its success is being seen as the first step for India to bid for bigger events. (ANI)

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