Gill wants CWG construction work to be completed a year ahead

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New Delhi, Jun 13 (UNI) Union sports minister MS Gill today said all the important construction work related to the 2010 Commonwealth Games should be completed by a year ahead so that trial events in all the venues is done without undue haste.

The minister this morning inspected the work going on at Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range, Indira Gandhi Stadium and Dr SPM Swimming Pool Complex and met officials from Sports Authority of India, Central Public Works Department, Urban Development and Sports Ministry, besides engineers and consultants.

After the inspection tour, the minister said, ''Lot of work has been completed but in the coming days there is plenty to be done.'' ''All construction work will go in full swing this year and next year and I expect it to be complete by November 2009 so that we can organise some test events before the Games,'' he told newspersons adding ''I will be a satisfied man only after the successful hosting of the Games.'' He also excuded confidence of getting the cabinet's approval for a Rs 20 crore shooting range. ''Most of the finances in regard to the Games have already been sanctioned, except for an amount of Rs 20 crore for the shooting range. But in the coming months, I will get it sanctioned from the Cabinet. Prime Minister has assured me all possible help for the smooth and successful conduct of the Games.'' ''I've started meeting all the stakeholders, including Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, SAI, DDA, NDMC etc to take stock of the situation. We all are committed to make the Games a grand success.'' He, however, added that to make the games a great success a collective effort was needed to complete the work as early as possible, ''I would take stock of the progress on a monthly basis.'' UNI HSB CS/CS1654

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