Delhi CM Dikshit inspects Games Village, all efforts on to save CWG

September 23rd, 2010 - 1:31 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, Sep 23 (ANI): With some international teams opting to delay their arrival in New Delhi for the XIXth Commonwealth Games, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit visited the Games Village on Thursday to assess the situation.

On Wednesday, Dikshit assured that Delhi is set to host the mega event in the best possible way.

Referring to the footbridge collapse at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the main venue of the Games, Dikshit said these problems were insurmountable.

“I would like to tell you very categorically these minor hitches and glitches do come around, whenever a building is new. But to make it look as if the entire system has collapsed, I am sorry, we do not agree with that. There will be some problems, there are some problems but they are not insurmountable problems,” said Dikshit.

She said the work for the event is being carried out with full flow, and all loopholes and problems would be addressed immediately.

“Everything has been done. It is natural that in such a mega event, there will be some mistakes. But it is our nation after all. If someone comes to your place or mine, we always try to present our best side. We have strived to give our best in the preparations,” said Dikshit.

Meanwhile, Commonwealth Games Federation President Michael Fennell arrived here today, and is likely to meet the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, to press for his continual intervention to save the XIXth Commonwealth Games from possible collapse.

Fennel’s request to meet Dr. Singh directly shows that the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is unsatisfied with the progress related to event so far.

The Delhi High Court has also come down strongly on the Delhi Government and directed it on Wednesday to pay Rs three lakh as compensation to those seriously injured and Rs one lakh to those who suffered fracture injuries in Tuesday’s foot overbridge collapse outside the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, the main venue of the Commonwealth Games.

At least 27 labourers were injured on Tuesday, when the under- construction foot overbridge collapsed.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Manmohan came down heavily on the ‘Labour Department of the Delhi Government’ for failing to monitor as to whether the workmen were provided with adequate safety equipment at the site.

The court directed Crime Branch Deputy Commissioner of Police to investigate the matter.

“Actually your officers are not working. Keeping in view the gravity of the accident, the DCP (Crime Branch) is directed to investigate and proceed as per law,” the court said.

The Justice Bench also directed the Deputy Labour Commissioner and Assistant Labour Commissioner of Delhi Government to visit all construction sites within a week and file an affidavit by the next date of hearing.

Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna personally visited the Games Village on Tuesday to review preparedness.

Apart from around 10,000 athletes from 71 teams representing 54 Commonwealth member states, New Delhi is expecting a huge inflow of sports enthusiasts and tourists during the games.

The Commonwealth Games 2010 will be held from October 3 to 14 in New Delhi. (ANI)

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