Gill mum on Aiyar outburst

New Delhi: Sports Minister M S Gill on Wednesday
refused to join issues with his predecessor Mani Shankar Aiyar
who had criticised the hosting of Commonwealth Games as waste
of money, merely saying that he was happy with the pace of
work allotted to his ministry.

Asked to comment on Aiyar`s remarks yesterday that he
would be "unhappy" if the Commonwealth Games were a success
and that only "evil" will patronise them, Gill said "nothing".

Gill said after he took over as the minister he had two
things to do and he had done them satisfactorily till now.

"The first was to see that the funds are given at the
right time. Till last June, we gave all the funds. This is a
matter of record and is also on the website. Our officials
also examined the request of those who required additional
funds and it too was given," he told reporters outside
Parliament House.

Gill said the second task was to ensure the completion of
13 stadiums, nine of which were being constructed or renovated
by the CPWD.

"These stadiums have no defects ... There is no leakage
in them. The work has been executed with perfection," he said,
adding that these stadiums would be handed over to the
Games Organising Committee on August 1.

Fine-tuning would be done by CPWD officials, he said.

Asked about cases of leakage of water and defects in
some stadiums, Gill said, "They are not there in these 13

Gill expressed satisfaction that work of such a magnitude
could be completed in two years.


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