Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium inaugurated for Commonwealth Games

July 27th, 2010 - 6:34 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) The remodelled, 60,000 capacity Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, showpiece venue for October’s Commonwealth Games, was finally inaugurated Tuesday after several missed deadlines.
The venue, originally built for the 1982 Asian Games, was inaugurated by sports minister M.S. Gill in the presence of Delhi chief minister Shiela Diskhit and Commonwealth Games organising committee chief Suresh Kalmadi.

The stadium will host the showpiece athletics, weightlifting and lawn ball disciplines.

The stadium has been refurbished at a cost of a whopping Rs.9.6 billion (approximately $200 million) with international consultants from six countries - Germany, Switzerland, UK, US, Mexico and Australia - putting their heads together to construct the state-of-art facility.

The deadline for completion of the venue has been changed several times since the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) began the construction work two years and seven months back.

The stadium is the last of the 11 games venues to be completed.

The venue is also home to National Dope Test Laboratory, Sports Authority of India (SAI) headquarter and hostel.

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