Chandigarh: With a huge foreign and domestic
tourist influx expected during the forthcoming Commonwealth
Games in Delhi, a fool-proof security system is to be put in
place to deal with any emergencies during the mega event,
Union Tourism Minister Selja said here on Monday.
"We will make security arrangements as per the prevailing
world standards and there is no need to worry about that," she
said replying to queries from reporters if there was any
threat perception regarding the Commonwealth Games.
"It is not just India, but so many other countries are
under the threat of terrorism. However, we do not think that
any threat could be a hindrance in the arrival of tourists in
Delhi for the games," she said, adding that the country is
well-equipped to tackle any kind of emergency situation.
Asked about preparations for the upcoming games, she said
as far as her ministry was concerned it was confident about
putting up a great show.
"We are training our man-power to deal efficiently with
the tourists. We are training taxi-drivers, auto-rickshaw
drivers, service providers and also the workers of some
restaurants and hotels in soft skills. We are teaching them
frequently used English words and how to conduct themselves
with courtesy and how they can improve upon their general
behaviour," she said.
Volunteers to assist the tourists during the games are
also being raised and arrangements to accommodate the large
tourist traffic expected during the period are complete, the
Congress MP from Ambala said.
While towns of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan
neighbouring Delhi could take advantage of the great tourist
influx to the national capital, places like Chandigarh, about
250 km away, could also benefit from the occasion by offering
attractive packages during that period, she said.
Meanwhile, accusing the Punjab government of having
responded coldly to the UPA`s flagship Jawaharlal Nehru
National Urban Renewal Mission, Selja, who is also Urban
Housing and Poverty Alleviation Minister at the Centre said it
has been unable to take full advantage of the programme.
"Against the 7-year allocation of central assistance
of Rs 617.02 crore, Punjab is yet to avail Rs 547.10 crore,"
she said and described it as one of the "laggard states"
besides Bihar and Rajasthan, which had failed to take benefit
of the scheme.