Sheila meets PM, briefs him of status of Games projects

Amid mounting concern over Delhi`s preparations for the Commonwealth Games, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and briefed him about the status of unfinished projects.

Updated: Sep 06, 2010, 21:49 PM IST

New Delhi: Amid mounting concern over Delhi`s
preparations for the Commonwealth Games, Chief Minister Sheila
Dikshit today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and briefed
him about the status of unfinished projects.

Sources said the Chief Minister informed Singh about
overall preparation of the city government for the Games and
assured him that all the work will be completed soon.

Dikshit is also believed to have apprised Singh about
steps being taken by civic agencies and Delhi government to
control dengue outbreak which has also raised concern among
participating countries of the event.

She also conveyed to Singh that although rains have
affected preparations, all the projects will be completed
before commencement of the Games.

Dikshit has been under attack as the city government is
yet to complete several key infrastructure projects including,
the key Barapullah Nallah elevated road project which will
link the Games Village with Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

With just 26 days left for the mega event --the biggest
to be held in India after Asian Games in 1982--various areas
of the city are still dug up and heaps of rubble strewn
around.

Officials said that out of the 34 major projects
undertaken by Delhi government to enhance the city`s
infrastructure, over 10 are yet to be completed.

In July, Dikshit had set August 31 as final deadline
for completion of all the projects but last month she extended
it citing incessant rains in the city and only said all the
works will be completed before commencement of the Games.

The Prime Minister had visited Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium,
the main venue of the event, on August 29 and asked the
authorities to "redouble their efforts" to quickly complete
remaining work.

Concerned by delay and corruption charges, Singh had
convened a high-level meeting on August 14 to review the
preparations for the Games.

PTI