Differences emerge, Parliament panel’s visit to CWG village put off

A proposed visit by a Parliamentary committee to the Commonwealth Games Village today to assess the work done there in the wake of charges of irregularities was put off following differences among the members over the step.

Last Updated: Nov 03, 2010, 21:34 PM IST

New Delhi: A proposed visit by a
Parliamentary committee to the Commonwealth Games Village
today to assess the work done there in the wake of charges of
irregularities was put off following differences among the
members over the step.

The Estimates Committee of Lok Sabha had proposed to
visit the CWG village today for an on-the-spot assessment of
the work done at the venue where the sportspersons were
housed during the 12-day Games.

But the visit was put off as there was no consensus
within the Committee as some members questioned the logic
behind the inspection.

A member claimed that the idea was dropped as it some
felt that it would generate bad media publicity and suggested
"intervention" by the government.

During a meeting last month, the committee had decided
to inspect the site and prepare a report which would be placed
in the Lok Sabha during the winter session of Parliament
beginning on November 9.

"It is a stupid idea as we don`t have the
infrastructure to trot around and assess delays and cost
overruns...we should instead look at the figures and recommend
action to concerned agencies," a member said.

Some members continue to insist that the visit should
take place, possibly during the Parliament session.

Earlier, some members of the BJP and other opposition
parties had wanted to inspect the site before the Games
commenced on October 3 but the Committee Chairman Francisco
Sardinha convinced them that the visit should take place after
the mega sporting event ended.

Sardinha had argued that a visit by the Committee before
the Games would bog down the officials who were already racing
against time to complete the arrangements.

Sports policy, infrastructure and training facilities
of the Sports Ministry are among the subjects being covered by
the 30-member Committee.

The conditions at the Games Village have come under
sharp attack and the government has already initiated punitive
action against the private builder Emaar-MGF for shortcomings,
deficiencies and delays.

Union Urban Development Ministry has ordered
confiscation of the builder`s Rs 183 crore bank guarantee and
directed initiation of legal action for recovery of other
expenditure.

-PTI