Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday visited the Talkatora and Shivaji stadiums to inspect the progress of work as these stadiums would be hosting events during the Commonwealth Games next year.
Speaking during the visit Ms. Dikshit sought to rest any concern about delays in construction by saying that all the stadiums in Delhi would be upgraded well before the commencement of the international sporting event.
Ms. Dikshit, who was accompanied by Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta, Principal Secretary P. K. Tripathi, NDMC Chairman Parimal Rai and senior officials of the NDMC, said new spaces were being created for warm up areas and other activities. She declared that the Delhi Government was committed to the success of the Games that would enhance the image of Delhi.
At Talkatora Stadium, the Chief Minister saw the upgrading, renovation and new construction activities. Talkatora Stadium would be the venue for boxing and swimming and is at present being upgraded and refurbished by the NDMC at a cost of Rs.150 crore. It would be a completely disabled-friendly and environment-friendly stadium and would have state-of-the-art infrastructure and finish. Senior officials informed the Chief Minister that construction was going on at full pace and would be completed in December this year.
At Shivaji Stadium, the Chief Minister was apprised of the various features which have been incorporated in the premises. The Shivaji Stadium is being redeveloped at a cost of Rs.100 crore after the old structure was dismantled. The stadium would be the training venue for hockey.
The Chief Minister was satisfied with the pace of work at both the stadiums and asked senior officials of the NDMC to provide for more green area at both these venues.