‘Dubai firm to construct the Games Village’
NEW DELHI: Assuring the Capital’s citizens that the preparations for the 2010 Commonwealth Games are progressing well according to schedule, Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna on Friday said a renowned Dubai-based firm had been given the contract to construct the Games Village.
Addressing a press conference, Mr. Khanna said all Games-related preparatory activities had been put on a time-bound schedule with retrospection and analysis being carried out on a monthly basis.
Explaining the status of the Delhi Government’s ambitious “tunnel road” project that proposes to connect the Games Village with Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Mr. Khanna said the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) had protested the construction as it felt that the road, which would pass just a few hundred metres from Humayun’s Tomb, would endanger the World Heritage Site.
The Lieutenant-Governor said he would be meeting the DUAC chairman next month to discuss the issue further. “Work related to the Games should be given priority and technical clearance,” he added. Countering claims that developing the Games Village in the proximity of the Yamuna would disrupt the ecological equilibrium of the area, Mr. Khanna said the Centre for Science and Environment had given its approval to the Delhi Jal Board for implementing a water-cleansing programme for the river at a cost of Rs.1,000 crore. The programme would be finished in time for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, he added.
State Chief Secretary R. Narainaswami said the main area of concern was emptying of untreated sewage into the Yamuna, a problem that would be rectified by linking drains that open directly into the river to the MCD drains. This would be an elaborate project which would continue even after 2010, he added.
The L-G also informed that 7,363 complaints had been registered with the Public Grievance Redress Unit, of which, 1,386 were against the Delhi Jal Board, 760 against the MCD , and 673 against the Delhi police.