Thursday, 8 October 2009

PM monitors Commonwealth Games project

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday directed the Sports Ministry to fine-tune coordination among various agencies involved in next year's Commonwealth Games amid growing concerns that the country was not adequately prepared to host the mega sporting event.

Singh took stock of the various ongoing projects in an hour-long review meeting attended by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Union Sports Minister M S Gill and Planning Commission Deputy Chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia among others.

"After the review meeting, the prime minister asked the sports minister to coordinate with Indian Olympic Association officials to fine-tune preparations," a PMO source said after the meeting.

Briefing the prime minister about the status of various projects undertaken by her government for the Games, Dikshit gave an assurance that all efforts are being taken to make the sporting extravaganza a great success and that all the projects will be completed well in time.

The review meeting comes nearly a month after Commonwealth Games Federation President Michael Fennell sought Singh's intervention to put things in order as it appeared that much of the crucial infrastructure projects will miss the 2010 October deadline.


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