PM directs fast-tracking of CWG preparations (Lead)September 23rd, 2010 - 11:11 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reviewed the preparations for the Commonwealth Games, especially completion of the works at the Games Village, at a high-level meeting here Thursday evening and asked the ministers concerned to fast-track the works, government sources said.
Besides Manmohan Singh, the two-hour meeting was attended by ministers S. Jaipal Reddy and M.S. Gill, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Delhi Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna, National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon and Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar.
However, CWG Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi was not there at the meet, the sources said.
According to government sources, the prime minister directed the ministers to fast-track the preparations for the Oct 3-14 event. The Games Village will be ready by Friday, the ministers said at the meeting.
The meeting comes in the wake of complaints by several countries that the Village was “filthy and unliveable”. Scotland, Canada and Australia have delayed the departure of their contingents to India following reports of poor conditions at the Village.
The Commonwealth Games, to be attended by about 7,000 athletes and officials from 71 countries and territories, will be the biggest sports event in India since the 1982 Asian Games.
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