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How game is Delhi for 2010? Over 40% work done,says govt

With elections in the Capital over and the Commonwealth Games inching closer,the Delhi government on Monday updated the Commonwealth Games Federation...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
May 12, 2009 12:56:14 am

Police,DIAL,health dept,other stakeholders showcase preparations for mega-event

With elections in the Capital over and the Commonwealth Games inching closer,the Delhi government on Monday updated the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and the Suresh Kalmadi-led Indian Olympic Committee (IOC) on progress in preparations.

Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta today made a presentation on the preparations for hosting the event next October,along with other stakeholders including the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL). He said nearly 40 per cent work on upgrading facilities in the Capital was successfully over.

“We are running on schedule and all projects and renovation of sports venue will be completed within the next one-and-a-half years,” Mehta told Newsline.

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The CGF delegation led by Mike Fennel is in the city to conduct a review of the Games infrastructure with the government and all stake-holding agencies over the next three days.

While showcasing a complete city operation plan,Mehta told the delegation that around US $13.3 billion was being spent to upgrade facilities in Delhi and most of the amount would have been spent by the time the Games begin. Mehta addressed the issues of communication,construction of flyovers,bridges and roads connecting the Games venues with the Village in East Delhi,as also power,water supply,waste management and beautification of the city.

The Delhi government’s health department also made a presentation on medical arrangements to be made for the Games at AIIMS,GB Pant and LN hospitals.

Education Secretary Rina Ray apprised the delegation of the involvement of schools for planning cultural events during the event.

The CGF reportedly appreciated the traffic circulation plan presented by Principal Advisor R Narayanaswamy. Besides DIAL,which gave an overview on preparations made to upgrade the airport,Delhi Police made a presentation how they were making foolproof security arrangements for the Games.

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