Hooper hopes safety certificates are bona fide

CGF CEO says he is just trusting that government agencies are providing authentic certificates.

New Delhi: After two missed deadlines, the CGF has started receiving safety certificates for the Games` venues and its CEO Mike Hooper says he is just trusting that the government agencies are providing authentic certificates.

Hooper has so far got certificates for the Games village, the training facility there, Yamuna Sports Complex and the Siri Fort Sports Complex of all the 17 venues.
There is a difference though with regard to names to documents as what Hooper has got are called occupancy certificate not building certificates, which Hooper expected.

"They call them the occupancy certificates apparently. I`m sure they`re not going to lie to me. I assume that`s what is required.”

"It`s just a language thing. Do you call them building certificates or occupancy certificates. I don`t know the clarification because they`ve only just come over the weekend," Hooper said.

Hooper hoped he would soon get the remaining certificates and believe they will be legitimate.

"It would probably be more odd if they just rocked up all on the same day, at the same time. They`re coming through as they`re being completed.”
"I`m sure they will come. But the sooner they do, the sooner we can allay people`s fears. I still remain confident they will come," he told reporters.

The government agencies had failed to meet deadline of August 18 and revised date of August 31 to provide the safety certificates to the CGF.

The construction delay and recent prolonged monsoon rains played havoc with the deadlines.

Earlier, India`s Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) created a stir when it cited suspected sub-standard building practises at various Games venues.

CVC inspected 15 venues and found fabricated case material and said regulatory approvals had been forged.