New Delhi: Union Urban Development minister S
Jaipal Reddy on Sunday promised action on the Central Vigilance
Commission report highlighting rampant corruption in the
construction of Commonwealth Games stadiums, saying that
anyone found guilty will not be spared.
The CVC report says that almost all organisations
executing construction work for the Commonwealth Games have
flouted rules in tenders and increased their prices. This
means contractors have been paid more what they should have
"CVC has come out with preliminary remarks on the alleged
irregularities in the construction of Commonwealth venues. I
assure you that all concerned would be punished. Nothing would
be spared. We will seriously look into it," Reddy said during
the inauguration of the Weightlifting auditorium inside the
Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium complex for the October 3-14 Games.
Reddy, who also heads the Group of Ministers overseeing
the preparations of the Games, said with the event fast
approaching, media has started exaggerating problems instead
of building up a celebratory mood in the nation.
"I have seen a lot of critical news items these days.
Well constructive criticism is welcome, but media is
exaggerating small things. Lot of negative stories are doing
the rounds. Pin-point the shortcomings so that we can rectify
them on time but please let's not misrepresent the bigger
"We are holding the Games in India, you need to build
a positive environment, there should be celebratory mood, a
national festival, people of the country should feel excited,"
On the issue of unpreparedness on the part of organisers,
Reddy said, "we are all ready to host successful Games and
anything left would be done before the start. Get ready for
Reddy, however, refused to react on former sports
minister Mani Shankar Aiyar's comments that he will be very
unhappy if the Games are successful.
"I don't want to comment on Aiyar's remarks. We are
doing our best. There are some problems which are unavoidable
but I am sure we will have great Games in Delhi," Reddy said.
First Published: Sunday, August 01, 2010, 15:17