Fears over CWG preparations allayed


Reacting to Commonwealth Games Federation president Michael Fennell’s strongly-worded letter, in which he sought a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to avert a ‘partial failure’, Dikshit said she would use every means at her disposal to make the Games a success, while Kalmadi announced that he would facilitate the CGF chief’s meeting with the Prime Minister.

Exuding confidence that everything would fall in place, Dikshit said the Delhi Government would complete all work ‘well in time’.

“We are satisfied as well nervous about the preparations for the prestigious event. He (Fennell) met me one month ago and conveyed his concern about the power situation. I told him that the city will have adequate power during the event,” Dikshit said after a Cabinet meeting which is understood to have discussed the issue.

On the recent criticism by the CAG about slow progress of infrastructure projects, Dikshit said the audit body had prepared the report last month based on the status of works six months back.

“They have the right to criticise. But we are working very hard. We are looking at all alternatives. The nation’s pride is involved in the event and we will do everything possible to make it a success,” she said.

Kalmadi, on his part, said he would arrange Fennell’s meeting with the Prime Minister so that the CGF chief ‘does not have doubts’.

“Most of the issues have been addressed and I will be happy to take Fennell to the PM and discuss all the issues,” Kalmadi said.

“I am happy to say that the PM, the Government of India, Sports Minister MS Gill and Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit are all supporting the Games. There should not be any doubt that all the venues will be ready in time. All the infrastructure will be ready by the dates promised, that is December and February next year,” he said.

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