Stop 'nitpicking' about CWG preparations: Jaipal Reddy



New Delhi: Facing flak from various quarters, the Government today asked everyone to have some patience and stop "nitpicking" about the preparations for Commonwealth Games, whose result would be wonderful.

With just 30 days left for the Games extravaganza, Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy said the time now is to celebrate the "delivery of the Games" and that people of the country should get exposed to some "positive attitude".

Reddy, who is also Chairman of the Group of Ministers for the Commonwealth Games, gave an assurance that all projects related to the event will be ready before the Games start and that everything will be fine.

"Time has now come to stop nitpicking about the preparations for the Commonwealth Games and start celebrating the delivery of the Games," he told a Delhi Metro function here.

His comments came against the backdrop of Opposition parties and various organisations blaming the government for the unfinished games venues and other infrastructure projects related to the event.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on Sunday visited the Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex, the venue of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games, and asked authorities to redouble their efforts to complete the unfinished work.

He also said there should be a "flawless" start to the Games.

The Minister said though criticisms were welcome for further correction, only negative aspects and unimportant things should not be highlighted.

"I think it is time for celebrations now. I think the people of Delhi and India need to get exposed to positive attitude and start celebrating the Games," he said.

Reddy also appealed to "everyone" including the media to look at the "positive aspects of the Games and not merely unimportant and negative aspects."

"All criticisms are welcome for correction. An attempt is being made in the context of the preparation of games.... it is not the occasion. Let us celebrate together," he said.

Later, speaking to reporters, Reddy asked "people to show some patience and games will be wonderful."

"We are closely monitoring every small things (related to the Commonwealth Games). Please show some patience and the Games will be wonderful," he said.

He said security personnel would take over the Games venues from September seven, a week before the arrival of the first batch of athletes and officials.

PTI