Sheila blames rains for delayed CWG work

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit admitted to the fact that the work for Delhi Games would not be complete in time, despite missing numerous deadlines, due to the heavy rains. “CWG work will be completed in 10-15 days within the end of monsoon. The work has been delayed due to the heavy rains”, Dikshit said in a press conference.

This came after the August 31 deadline for completion of projects at the venues for Commonwealth Games was seen as a confirmed miss. Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy also blamed the rains saying there will be delay by a "couple" of days beyond August 31.

Reddy blamed the rains and delay in delivery of containers for the missed deadline to hand over the games venues to the organisers. The 11-day sporting event is scheduled to start on October 3.

"The schedule is not met strictly. It is being delayed by a couple of days because of rain also and because of delay in delivery of containers," Reddy told reporters after a Group of Ministers (GOM) meeting on the Games.

After extending the time-frame a few times in the past, the Delhi government had fixed August 31 as the latest deadline for completing Games projects.

The GoM also took note of rising number of dengue cases in the Capital.

Downplaying the dengue threat, Reddy said "We also discussed the situation arising out of dengue. I do not think situation is that alarming and by raising an alarm, we will discourage the athletes."

Asked about the aerostat clearance, he said, "Aerostat is a new kind of device. Earlier we got clearance for balloon. So the technical clearances were required."

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