Final decision on baton relay route held up due to differences

New Delhi: Serious differences between
Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and Delhi Police on
the route for Queen`s Baton Relay in the national capital
today further held up a final decision on the issue.

Failing to finalise the route for the QBR, a high-level
meeting headed by Lt Governor Tejindra Khanna asked the
Organising Committee to "rework" its proposal for the relay in
the city in coordination with the police.

The meeting also left it to the Group of Ministers on
Games, headed by Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal
Reddy, to take a final decision on the route of the QBR based
on the new proposal to be submitted by the Organising
Committee, a senior official, who attended the meeting, said.

The meeting also struck down an ambitious proposal of
the OC to unveil the baton from a helicopter in the city. "The
proposal to take the baton from the entry point in the city to
its first destination by helicopter has been rejected," the
official said.

He said while the OC strongly pitched for taking the
baton to all the important monuments in the city, the police
expressed serious reservation on it citing security concerns.

"The police wanted the baton to be kept at a particular
place, preferably inside the OC headquarters. They are totally
against taking the baton across the city due to security
reasons," he said.

Officials of Delhi government also favoured taking the
baton to various places in the city to enthuse and involve
people with the 12-day-long mega event. The GoM is likely to
meet next week and a final decision on journey of the baton is
expected in the meeting.

The baton, now on nation-wide journey after completing
its international leg, will arrive at the capital on September
30 and organisers want it to visit various places in the next
few days before inauguration of the Games on October 3.