Gill happy with Games projects’ pace, Delhi minister worried (Lead)

July 28th, 2010 - 10:33 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) Youth Affairs and Sports Minister M.S. Gill Wednesday said stadia being built by the central government for the Commonwealth Games will be ready on time, while a Delhi minister raised doubts over a project in east Delhi meeting the Aug 31 deadline.
Gill, commenting outside Parliament on the Games-related works, sounded confident that all the arrangements for the mega event were going on smoothly.

“There are no faults or leakages in any of the completed stadia. The architecture and the engineering used for the Commonwealth Games is one of a kind and used first time in India. The workers that are seen outside the stadia are just fine tuning the fittings,” he said.

At the same time, speaking after inspecting the Yamuna Sports Complex Wednesday morning, Delhi Finance Minister A.K. Walia said the work at the site was behind schedule.

“There is a lot of work pending and much effort is needed to be put in… The way the work is going on, I doubt that by Aug 31 we will be able to complete (the work),” Walia, who is also a member of the Delhi government’ Commonwealth Games coordination committee, told reporters.

He instructed the agencies to take up various works simultaneously.

With just over two months left for the Oct 3-14 Games, works at various stadia and on city roads as part of a beautification drive are still continuing.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has already set Aug 31 as the deadline for final completion of the Games projects so that finishing touches could be given in September.

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