New Delhi: With less than 600 days to go for the biggest ever sporting event in India, budgets are skyrocketing and infrastructure is coming up at a snail's pace. No wonder, the man in-charge has been pushed in a corner and struggling to offer assurances.
“The Commonwealth Games are happening and are happening on the dates which have been mentioned and that is October of next year. Let there be no doubt about that,” says Chairman of the 2010 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, Suresh Kalmadi.
Delhi has already been allocated a whopping Rs 2360 crore in the interim budget for the event. And Rs 678 crore have already been given by the Government for training of over 1400-odd athletes.
Clearly the recession and the delay in proceedings are the biggest cause of concern with such huge figures involved.
“There are some stadiums which started late and shooting was also held up and therefore the schedules are something to watch,” says The Union Sports Minister, MS Gill.
“The infrastructure would be ready, most of it by the end of this year,” adds Kalmadi.
Though the organising committee is hoping to earn profits from sponsorship, TV rights, tickets and merchandising, they will have to tighten the noose now. India's reputation as a sporting destination is at stake right now.