New Delhi: With just 45 days left for the
Commonwealth Games and many key projects yet to be completed,
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said she was still
"nervous" about the preparations.
"It is normal to be nervous till completion of all the
works related to the event," Dikshit said when asked whether
she was still nervous about the Games.
She said some works have been affected due to rains in
the last few days.
Dikshit also took a pot shot at the media for
portraying a negative picture of the preparations.
"If you find something wrong then you keep showing
them repeatedly," she said, pointing towards the electronic
On several occasions in last few months, she had said
that she was "nervous" about preparations for the mega event.
Dikshit has been under attack from various quarters
for the delay in completion of key projects. Delhi government
had undertaken projects worth over Rs 16,000 crore to enhance
infrastructure in the city ahead of the Games.
She had last month set August 31 as deadline for
completing all the projects linked to the event.
Top officials in Delhi government, however, said
important projects like Barapullah Nallah elevated road and
renovation of the Yamuna Sports Complex, apart from
street-scaping around the Games venues are unlikely to
finished by August-end.
The four-km-long Barapullah Nallah elevated road
between Sarai Kale Khan and the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the
main venue of the event, is being built to provide
uninterrupted traffic flow from Games Village near Akshardham
temple to the stadium. The over Rs 550-crore project has
already missed several deadlines.
Meanwhile Commonwealth Games Federation president
Michael Fennell today visited a few stadiums to inspect the
facilities and take stock of the progress made in completing
all the work at the venues.
Fennell began his inspection tour with the net-ball
venue Thyagaraj Stadium in South Delhi and then went straight
to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Fennell, who arrived in the city last night, is on a
two-day visit to the country.
The CGF chief, accompanied by CEO Mike Hooper, also
visited Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Indira Gandhi
Stadium and the Games Village.