New Delhi: Despite all the negative buzz surrounding the upcoming Commonwealth Games, Union Cabinet Secretary KM Chandrasekhar – appointed by the Prime Minister to oversee the preparations - on Wednesday sounded confident about successfully pulling off the mega event.
“At this point of time, we are absolutely prepared,” Chandrasekhar said while speaking to a television news channel.
The remarks came on a day when several international athletes announced they were pulling out of the 2010 Games in Delhi due to security and health concerns.
On Tuesday, a foot-over bridge outside the main CWG venue, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium collapsed, hours after top Commonwealth Games Federation officials and foreign delegates described the Games Village as “unlivable and filthy”.
However, the Cabinet Secretary was dismissive of the concerns expressed, saying, “We have acted quite in time… we have been on top of the things.”
Chandrasekhar said the Village authorities have brought in equipment for cleaning the flats from Delhi’s IGI Airport’s T3 terminal, which was inaugurated recently.
The official added that more manpower has also been ensured to the Village authorities to carry out the cleaning work.
When asked about concerns within the government, the Cabinet Secretary said, “The Prime Minister is extremely concerned that Games should go off successfully… he has been taking a lot of interest.”
Meanwhile, reacting to reports that a portion of the false ceiling at the weightlifting venue at the JLN Stadium has collapsed, the top government official said that the collapse was not an issue to be "worried about".
"The cables which were to be set up for the data network were placed on the false ceiling and due to the weight of the cables the ceiling fell off. It`s a minor thing and it will be corrected. It`s not a matter to be worried about," Chandreshekhar told a news channel.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said the foot-over bridge that collapsed yesterday would not be constructed again.
“We won’t construct the bridge now, but the arches will continue to stand,” the CM told reporters here.
She added that the authorities have found an alternate way for tourists and visitors, who were supposed to use the bridge.