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‘Budget of 5 Games stadiums up by 250%’

The cost of construction and renovation of five stadiums to be used during the Commonwealth Games shot up by almost 250 per cent of the original,the reply to a Right to Information application has revealed.

The cost of construction and renovation of five stadiums to be used during the Commonwealth Games shot up by almost 250 per cent of the original,the reply to a Right to Information (RTI) application has revealed.

The application,filed by activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal,sought details of the initial and revised budgets of Games-related projects of the Central government.

According to the reply,the initial planned amount was Rs 1,000 crore but was revised later to Rs 2,460 crore.

The construction and renovation of the stadiums — Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium,Indira Gandhi Stadium,Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Pool Complex,Major Dhyanchand National Stadium and Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range — is being carried out by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD).

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“The budget was revised on account of changed cost indices and escalation,change in scope of work as per the requirement of venues,various additions and deletions to make venue match up to various standards and addition of service tax,quality assurance and contingencies,” the CPWD said.

Sources said the delay in work at most venues also led to the increase in cost.

The original cost for construction and renovation of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium,which is to host the opening and closing ceremonies,was Rs 455 crore. It has been revised to Rs 961 crore.

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The cost increased as the CPWD had to build an underground tunnel at the last moment. The proposal for the tunnel came from the Commonwealth Games organising committee,which wanted the performers to emerge from the centre of the stadium for the opening and closing ceremony.

For the Karni Singh Shooting Range,the budget was raised to Rs 149 crore from the original Rs 16 crore.

The total budget of the organising committee is Rs 1,600 crore,which includes publicity,logistics and other expenses. Other than this,the organising committee has asked for a loan of Rs 700 crore for overlays at different venues.

First published on: 08-04-2010 at 12:54:00 am
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