Sports minister asks engineers to hasten velodrome work

January 27th, 2009 - 8:24 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 27 (IANS) Sports Minister M.S. Gill has asked the constructors to speed up the work of the cycling velodrome for the 2010 Commonwealth Games and finish it by December this year instead of 2010 March.The construction of velodrome at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex is running behind schedule and both the Commonwealth Games Federation and the International Cycling Union (ICU) have raised concerns at this slow pace of work.

The ICU wanted a closed and indoor arrangement with wooden flooring at the velodrome.

Gill, while appreciating their work, asked the engineers to advance the deadline of construction. “I had seen the stadium before its reconstruction in 1982. After seeing the roof of this stadium, I really feel like saluting those architects and builders who were involved because it is no less than the present stadiums of China.”

“I am totally content with the work and efforts of these people who are doing the repairing and renewal work,” Gill said.

He went on to add that the government will cooperate in all ways to make the Games a success.

India is hosting the Commonwealth Games for the first time and it is the second time that Asia is hosting the event after the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.

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