Dikshit satisfied but nervous about Games preparations


New Delhi : The Delhi government was satisfied with the progress of the preparations for the Commonwealth Games in October 2010 but also nervous, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit admitted here Monday.

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“We are satisfied but nervous about the preparations for the games. We will not allow them to suffer and we are also keeping all alternatives ready in case of delay in some of the projects,” Dikshit told reporters here.

The chief minister said she didn’t know about the letter that Commonwealth Games Federation president Michael Fennell reportedly wrote to the executive board of the organising committee expressing concern over preparations for the games.

Fennell also sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s intervention for the development of an appropriate recovery plan.

“It is an honour for us and for the country to hold the games. All the concerned officials are working hard to complete the work on time. I have no idea about the letter; work will be completed on time,” she said.

“He (Fennell) came to me a month back asking whether there would be enough power available during the games. I said there would be no power problem. Things are being done but we cannot be ready a year before the game,s” she said.

A recent report on the preparation for the games released by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has pointed out several loopholes in the work.

“The report was based on the status of work recorded some eight to nine months back and the ground reality is different now.”