"Delhi government has turned the Commonwealth Games
into a joke. They kept sleeping for the last six years. They
are misleading the nation by saying that Commonwealth Games
Federation Chief Mike Fennel was satisfied and happy," BJP
general secretary Vijay Goel charged.
Goel, who held a meeting with Fennel last week to
discuss the preparations, claimed that the latter was not
at all happy with the state of affairs.
"He told me that there was no way he could transfer
these Games to a new venue (due to lack of time), postpone
them or not hold them at all," Goel said.
The former Union Minister said other than
infrastructure, Fennel was concerned about completion of the
projects on time and without compromising on quality.
The requirements for those games to be held in August
2010 should be finalised now, Goel said.
"The Prime Minister should appoint a Monitoring
Committee, which can have members from different walks of
life, to keep an eye on the progress," he said.
"There should be a one-window clearance system for the
projects," Goel said, adding, the delay in projects had led to
manifold increase in the budget for the Games.
New Delhi: BJP on Tuesday said lack of
preparations for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games by the
Delhi government has turned it into a "joke" and demanded that
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appoint a Monitoring Committee
to keep an eye on the progress.
First Published: Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 20:33