Preparations to be put on fast track

A meeting of the executive committee of the National Games Secretariat (NGS), set up by the government to oversee the 35th National Games to be hosted by the State next year, has decided to energise the preparations for the multi-discipline event.

The meeting, presided over by Sports Minister K.B. Ganesh Kumar, authorised NGS CEO Jacob Punnoose to work out strategies to expedite the preparations and help it move to a project mission mode to achieve its objectives.

Contingency plan

With the games 13 months away, the NGS will attain the mission mode adopting a proper contingency plan, reduction of cost neutral and non-essential steps, minimise meeting convening times by pre-fixed calendar schedules, advance file processing methods, digital conferencing, daily project monitoring, and identification of critical activities.

The NGS staff will also forego holidays with suitable incentives in order to deliver the games in a smooth manner.

Control room

From December 1, the NGS control room for speedy approvals and monitoring and control of projects will function round-the-clock till 15 days after the conduct of the games.

The dates of the games will be firmed up after discussions with the new office-bearers of Indian Olympic Association after the IOA annual general meeting in New Delhi on November 25.


The meeting, taking stock of the construction work of the various stadia across the seven host cities, also decided to approach the Cabinet for waiver of the stipulated time normally imposed in the tendering of work in case of ‘critical’ projects.


This will include the retendering of work related to the construction of a shooting complex on the Central Polytechnic campus at Vattiyoorkavu in Thiruvananthapuram, hockey stadium in Kollam, squash complex at the Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium, and a new indoor stadium in Kannur.

Mr. Punnoose will also initiate discussions with the State sports associations to acquire the required equipment for conducting the competitions.

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