Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday declared that doubts in the minds of the Commonwealth Games Federation delegates have been cleared and overall they were satisfied with the preparations for the upcoming international sporting event in the city.
Talking to media persons after meeting Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, who has come to get India’s support for hosting the Commonwealth Games at Gold Cost in 2018, the Chief Minister said though the visiting delegates felt that there was a need for improving the road and transport system in Delhi for the sporting event, they were quite satisfied with the arrangements and had returned “happy.”
The Chief Minister, who had hosted a dinner for the delegates at her residence on Thursday, said: “They are satisfied with the progress of works but believe that improvement is needed in some areas.”
The dinner was attended by almost all the delegates including Commonwealth Games Federation president Michael Fennell and its secretary general Louise Martin.
As for the specifics, Ms. Dikshit said the delegation wanted the transportation infrastructure to be further strengthened so that there was no problem in the movement of athletes, officials and visitors during the 12-day sporting extravaganza.
Confident that the Games would be successful and Delhi would be able to host them as well as any other international sporting event, the Chief Minister also noted that a lot of hard work had gone into the preparations.
The Delhi Government has itself been involved with nearly 40 major projects related to the Games. A number of roads, flyovers and underpasses are being or have been constructed for reducing congestion in the city.