Despite promise,no kitchen at Games Village yet
Though only 27 days are left before the first group of athletes walk in Games Village for its soft opening,the kitchen at the venue has still not been set up. This,despite the Organising Committees assurance to the board members on June 27 that the kitchen will be fully operational by August 11. Commonwealth Games Federation chief Michael Fennell expressed concern that despite the assurance,work in the kitchen is not complete. The installation of kitchen is far behind schedule. It definitely needs to be accelerated and large amount of work remains to be done, Fennell told reporters. The kitchen equipment was purchased from PKL London and airlifted from East Midland Airport of UK to India. Constellation Projects was given the responsibility of installing the equipment and were paid Rs 9.5 crore.
Finally,OC takes decision on caterers
The Organising Committee finally announced the names of firms who will be serving food at various venues. The catering service has been divided into two parts packed food for workforce,volunteers and security officers and catering in lounges for VIPs. For the packed food,the work has been allotted to Delhi-based firm AFP Manufacturing for Rs 9 crore. Catering in lounges was divided into eight clusters,of which five have been bagged by Delhi-based Seven Seas Hospitality while two have gone to Mumbai-based firm Gravis and one to IRCTC. The total expense for catering at lounges is Rs 14 crore. The Organising Committee has also hired a food safety audit agency Total Quality Solution who will carry out regular tests of the food served during the Games. Recently,the OCs catering department had been reshuffled to expedite the decision-making process.