Walia contradicts Gill, says CWG work behind schedule

Updated: Jul 28, 2010, 15:42 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The Delhi Government finally seems to have accepted that the construction work being carried out for the upcoming Commonwealth Games is running behind schedule and may not be completed on time.

Delhi finance minister AK Walia on Wednesday said that the work on the new stadiums being built was running well behind schedule.

“The work is running behind schedule and it looks a bit difficult that it will be completed on time,” he said.

This came after sports minister MS Gill had said that the work was being done at a ‘satisfactory’ pace.

"There are no shortcomings in the 13 stadiums that are under the sports department. Some stadiums are under the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Delhi government," Gill told reporters outside parliament.

He said work on the stadia had been completed in a short span of two years, which is an achievement for the ministry.

"I joined on April 6, 2008 and the first job on hand was the releasing of funds for the stadiums. All the funds were released by June last year. All the stadiums are complete and the weightlifting stadium will also be done before July 31," said Gill.

He also lauded the engineers for completing the work in record time.