Chaotic sites of CWG stadiums escalate anxiety

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Commonwealth Games 2010
New Delhi, Aug 2: With less than 60 days to go for the Commonwealth Games 2010, the anxiety levels are running high as Delhi is yet to show substantial proof to the promises of the authorities that the CWG 2010 will be the "best" ever.

Almost all the stadiums that are set to host different sporting events are still under construction despite being inaugurated the Sports Minister, M S Gill.

Raw materials and rubble lay on the grounds as contruction workers are still working around the clock to get the infrastructure ready for the Games that is set to begin on Oct 3.

Adding to the woes, monsoons are proving to be a huge hurdle for the work despite the deadlines being revised several times.

Even as scathing allegations of corruption hit the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC), the chief, Suresh Kalmadi, continues to insist that the Commonwealth Games will not only be a success but a huge one at that.

In his latest assurance, Kalmadi said, "All infrastructure would be ready on time and there is nothing to worry."

Here are the status reports on the key stadiums, as put together by a news agency:

Talkatora Stadium, renamed S P Mukherjee complex

- Built at a cost of Rs 175 crore

- Workers continue to toil 24-hours to complete the constrution

- The stadium is decked with loose tiles and grills

- Iron rods are scattered all over the place

- Unfinished staircases

- Rubble outside the gates

- Without a ceiling, dressing room of athletes resembles a storage room, the news agency report said

- Pipes and cables are lying unattended above the space that is meant to be the dressing room

Karni Singh Shooting Range

- The shooting range is in a deplorable condition as rains have affected this venue the worst

- Rains have left the corridor and floors were slippery

- The look of the stadium gets worse with debris lying on the site with soggy soil

- Fences have come down at various points

- Labourers are still working on various embankments

Yamuna Sports Complex

- The main competition venue Table Tennis and Archery

- Work is still on

- Workers are repairing the false ceiling of the complex that collapsed on July 13

- Pipes are seen lying along the corners while unused tiles are all over the place

- Just outside the complex, one can see dug-up roads

- Metal pipes, bricks and other waste material are seen strewn across the roads


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