PM visits Jawaharlal Nehru stadium

PM Manmohan Singh visited the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium to see the preparedness of the venue.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sunday visited the remodelled and reconstructed Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here to see the preparedness of the venue that will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the Oct 3-14 Commonwealth Games and athletics events.

The Prime Minister`s inspection visit comes as part of
the series of steps he had taken to streamline and expedite
the preparations for the October 3-14 mega event which had
been rocked by a spate of corruption allegations.

Sources said that the PM will visit a few other venues in the
morning and interact with the Organising Committee officials
there.

Concerned by the delays and the corruption allegations,
the Prime Minister had convened a high-level meeting on August
14 to review the preparations for the Games.

He had formed a committee of bureaucrats headed by
Cabinet Secretary and given it overriding powers by bringing
into its ambit the Games Organising Committee that has been
tainted by corruption charges.

Observing that there have been "slippages" in time
schedules and deficiencies noticed, Singh had directed that
thorough probe should be held by the ministries concerned into
complaints of "procedural and other irregularities" and "those
found guilty should face severe and exemplary punishment".

He had instructed that all pending works should be
completed expeditiously in a time-bound manner and decided to
visit select venues of the Games in the last week of this
month.

PTI

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