Little time for authorities to clean-up CWG mess
Amidst reports of some athletes delaying or cancelling their arrival at Commonwealth Games, the authorities went on to take some prompt actions for improving the living conditions at the Commonwealth Games village.
The Organising Committee (OC) of Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi has said that intense efforts are being made to address all issues across the Games Village residential zone. “We are aware of the concern shown by some members who are here in connection with the participation in next month’s Commonwealth Games,” Organising Committee Secretary-General Dr Lalit K Bhanot said. “The situation is under control and we are confident that when the teams arrive on the evening of September 23, the residential wing will be clean.”
On 21st Sept, an under-construction foot over-bridge collapsed, exposing the sorry state of the construction quality of some of the infrastructure being built there.
The OC has decided to induct more manpower and resources into the cleaning and maintenance of apartments in the towers. The developer will immediately ensure that all maintenance and repair work, as may be required in each tower, will be carried out promptly and on a 24×7 basis, it said.
With the Games village under threat of flooding, the committee said, any requirements of dewatering in the area will be promptly carried out by the developer with assistance from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).
Dr Bhanot said all issues are being looked into and will be resolved before the teams arrive. “We have started work in the 32 towers and will complete it before the arrival of the athletes. In fact, we have cleaned apartments in more than 60% of the towers,” he said.
Setting a timeline for completion of works, the Home Ministry today asked the Organising Committee to complete all unfinished works by 25th Sept morning to ensure foolproof security.
A meeting to review the security arrangements for the Commonwealth was taken today by the Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram which was attended by Union Home Secretary; Secretary (Sports); Commissioner of Police, Delhi; representatives of the Organising Committee besides others.
The Delhi Police informed the Home Minister that once the venues are handed over to the Delhi Police, full security will be provided and there need not be any concern about security.
Meanwhile, PNR Infrastructure, the Hyderabad-based company which was building the foot-over bridge that collapsed on 21st September, has been black-listed. A two member committee has been set up to look into the matter.
“The collapse is a responsibility of PNR infrastructure. The fault can be of the engineer, or even in the construction material,” a PWD official at the site of the collapse, told to a news agency.
The PWD has suspended the construction of another foot over bridge that was to come up opposite the bridge that collapsed and re-thinking over the design of the structure.
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