Friday, 19 March 2010

2010 CWG gets additional funding

Government on Friday (18-Mar) decided to pump in another Rs 687.06 crore for the Commonwealth Games to install high-end equipment and fittings necessary for the sporting extravaganza.

The Union Cabinet presided by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cleared the proposal from the Sports Ministry for "overlays" to be given to Organising Committee of Commonwealth Games which will be held here in October.

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Overlays are defined as temporary fittings, fixtures and equipment which will be required only for the duration of the Games. They are required to make the competition, training and non-competition venues operationally ready for the Games.

"The installation of these high-end items of overlays will set high standards for technological excellence and capacity enhancement not only in the sphere of sports but also for the organisation and management of mega international and national events," I and B Minister Ambika Soni told reporters.

The overlays are expected to be in place and operational about a month prior to the Games, that is by the end of August and these will be removed from the venues immediately after the Games, she said.

This amount will be in addition to the Rs 2,296.43 crore allocation made for the Games in the Union Budget for next fiscal. Of this, Rs 2,069.52 crore has been allocated to Sports Ministry for the while Urban Development ministry has been given Rs 176.90 crore and Delhi government Rs 50 crore.

The Games will be held in the capital from October three to 14 in 17 sporting disciplines. There will be 23 competition venues, 26 training venues, Games Village, International Broadcasting Centre and Main Press Centre among other facilities.

Around one lakh people are expected to visit the capital during the event. Soni said the competition and non-competition venues are in an advanced stage of construction by concerned agencies such as Delhi Government, Sports Authority of India and Delhi Development Authority.

The Timing, Scoring Result (TSR) system including the On Venue Result (OVR) system and Games Time Sports equipment are being separately procured by the Organising Committee, she said.

The security and surveillance related equipment at the venues is being installed by Electronic Corporation of India Ltd, she added.


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