New Delhi: The Central Public Works
Department, the main construction arm of the government, today
said that upgrading of all venues for the Commonwealth Games
will be completed in a fortnight.
"We have already completed 7 of the 10 Games venues. The
remaining three will be completed in a fortnight," Director
General of CPWD B K Chugh told reporters here on the 156th
foundation day of the organisation.
The venues which remain uncompleted so far are the
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the SPM Swimming Pool complex and
the new weightlifting stadium in the Nehru Stadium complex.
Chugh said that the civil work in all these venues have
been completed and only the peripheral work like greenery,
pavements, laying of cables was being done which is expected
to be over in another 15 days.
The CPWD DG said the JLN Stadium, where the opening and
closing ceremony along with the major events would be held,
has an innovative design for roof over seating tier. State-of-
the-art technology has been used for sports lighting.
"This would be the largest membrane roof structure in
the world," Chugh said. Membrane roofing is used to prevent
leaks and move water off the roof.
Asked about the delay in construction of the main
stadium, he said an additional work of tunnel construction was
given which delayed the project for a while.
An air-conditioned tunnel for the performers of the
opening and and closing ceremonies has been completed inside
the stadium below the athletes` track and arena.
"This requirement came quite late and to accommodate this
tunnel, all the remaining works related to roof, track etc had
to be rescheduled," he said.
"Cable supported halogen balloons would also be placed
inside the stadium which required a base, thus delaying the
project," he added.