35 Days to CWG, PM Visits Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium

New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS): With 35 days to go for the Commonwealth Games, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sunday visited the remodelled and reconstructed Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here to see the preparedness of the venue that will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the Oct 3-14 mega sporting event.

Singh reached the refurbished stadium around noon to take stock of the venue. He was accompanied by officials of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee.

The prime minister intervened in the preparations following delays and corruption allegations in the biggest sporting event being organised in India since the 1982 Asiad.

During his meeting two weeks back, he issued clear instructions that the facilities for the Commonwealth Games should be made ready in time and meet international standards as the "eyes of the world" were on the country.

After the meeting, an empowered committee, headed by the cabinet secretary, has been overseeing Games preparedness, along with a group of ministers headed by Jaipal Reddy.

Thereafter, 10 senior officials of joint secretary and additional secretary rank were deputed to oversee operations at specific venues. The officials were given the authority to take decisions on the spot.

The stadium has been refurbished at a cost of a whopping Rs.9.6 billion (approximately $200 million) with international consultants from six countries - Germany, Switzerland, Britain, US, Mexico and Australia - putting their heads together to construct the state-of-art facility.

The deadline for completion of the venue has been changed several times since the Central Public Works Department began the construction work two years and eight months back.


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