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Two years after CWG,Village sports complex yet to open to public

Even two years after the Commonwealth Games,the sports complex in the Commonwealth Games Village in East Delhi is lying unused and is likely to be open to public only by September this year.

Even two years after the Commonwealth Games,the sports complex in the Commonwealth Games Village in East Delhi is lying unused and is likely to be open to public only by September this year.

Delhi Development Authority (DDA) said the ongoing work of constructing a boundary wall was delaying its opening. The land agency had earlier said that the complex would be ready for public use by March this year. However,even months after the deadline,officials are scrambling to complete the task.

“The complex will be ready by September and people can use the facilities on pay-and-play basis. At present,some civil work is going on there,” said DDA spokesperson Neemo Dhar.

The world-class sporting facilities at the complex have not been put to use since the Games ended and the expensive equipment installed in the 21-acre complex has been gathering dust and rust for the past two years.

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When asked about the delay,a DDA official said: “These things take time. The boundary wall is being constructed and the cricket pitch is also being made. Since overlays like food courts and games medical centres have been removed,extra space has been made available where more sporting facilities can be constructed under phase-II of the project.”

According to DDA,the same charges for pay-and-play existing in their other sports complexes will be charged here also once the sports complex becomes functional. For instance,in Siri Fort Complex,non-members can gain entry into the club by paying Rs 40 and then pay more for every facility they use.

“The hiring of staff on contractual basis has been completed. We are training them now,” said the official.

The sports complex comprises gymnasiums,an athletics track,a swimming pool,courts for table tennis,badminton,basketball and volleyball,and grounds for football and cricket. A spa facility may also be provided in the complex,officials said.