Parliamentary Committee to visit CWG Village for inspection

Amid allegations of deficiencies in the Commonwealth Games Village, a Parliamentary Committee will visit the site on November 3 for assessment of the work done there and present its report to Lok Sabha.

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2010, 22:16 PM IST

New Delhi: Amid allegations of deficiencies
in the Commonwealth Games Village, a Parliamentary Committee
will visit the site on November 3 for assessment of the work
done there and present its report to Lok Sabha during the
upcoming session.

The Estimates Committee of the Lok Sabha, at a meeting
here a few days back, discussed issues related to conditions
at Games Village which have come under sharp attack, including
from some foreign delegates, sources told PTI today.

At the meeting, there were strong demands that the
Committee should visit the Village for an on-the-spot
assessment of the work done at the venue where the
sportspersons were housed during the 12-day Games.

It was decided that the Committee will inspect the site
on November 3 and prepare a report which would be placed in
the Lok Sabha during the winter session of Parliament
beginning November 9, the sources said.

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

Sardinha, a Congress MP from South Goa, 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.

"The infrastructure will remain even after the Games,"
he told the members who agreed to visit the Village after the
event was over.

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