Rs 28,054 crore spent on CWG: Jaipal Reddy

Last Updated: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 23:12

New Delhi: Seeking cooperation from all
quarters for making the Commonwealth Games a success, Urban
Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy today said a total of Rs
28,054 crore have been spent on the games out of which Rs
16,560 crore was given to the Delhi Government for upgrading
the capital infrastructure and building of various stadia.

Making an intervention during a debate in the Lok Sabha on
the Commonwealth Games, Reddy said of the total of money given
to the Delhi Government, only Rs 670 crore has been spent
directly on the games -- on building stadia.

"The rest of the money has been spent on infrastructure
development of the capital, which is not directly linked to
the games," he said.

Giving a break-up of the money spent, the minister said,
the Delhi Government has spent on various projects which
includes Rs 650 crore for street scaping, Rs 900 crore for
development bus depots, Rs 3,000 crore for extension of Metro,
Rs 18,000 crore for augmenting DTC bus services and Rs 3,700
crore on flyovers and bridges.

Of the Rs 11,494 crore spent by the centre, Rs 2.934 crore
was spent on sports infrastructure and Rs 678 crore on
training of teams, while Rs 182 crore has been given to MTNL,
Rs 827.85 crore to the Ministry of Urban Development, Rs
487.57 to Information and Broadcasting Ministry and Rs 747
crore to Health Ministry.

Reddy said the government has also given Rs 2,394 crore as
loan to the organising committee, which is to be returned by
them after the games.

Defending the huge amount of money spent, he said most of
the money has been spent of infrastructure development which
will remain as the country`s legacy long after the games are
over.

"If you furnish and paint your house before your
daughter`s wedding, then the money spent on that cannot be
said to be part of the dowry," he said.

Appealing to all parties to come together and make the
games a success, he said, "All of us, cutting across party
lines, should rise to make the games successful and
spectacular."

Asserting that Government will ensure that the corrupt are
pursued to the "end of the earth", Reddy said, "we all know
that the CVC and other constitutional bodies do their job, but
if every primary observation is blown up to a scam, then we
cannot function".

"I don`t say that corruption has not taken place. No one
can say that. All irregularities will be inquired into
exhaustively," he said.

"I therefore say with confidence that we will be staging
the best Commonwealth Games in history. Some people took the
position that a country like India, which has a lot of
poverty, should not have hosted the Commonwealth Games," the
minister said, adding that though he begged to differ he
respected their ideological position.

"But with only a month left, this should not be raised,"
he said.

Replying to BJP member Kirti Azad comparing him with
Mahabharata epic character "Bhishm Pitamaha", Reddy said as of
now he would like to be focussed like Arjun.

Reassuring the House that the projects will be ready
before the games, he said, "the event can be organised even
now".

The Delhi Government has also spent Rs 400 crore on
parking facilities, Rs 200 crore on communications and IT and
Rs 2,000 crore on power plants, he said.

Reddy said most of the projects will be completed by
August 31, barring the Barapullah Nallah project which would
be over only by September.

PTI



First Published: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 23:12

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