Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New Budgetary Allocation of Rs 964.42 cr for 2010 Commonwealth Games

The government in its interim budget for 2009-10 on Monday allocated a sum of Rs 964.42 crore for the 2010 Commonwealth Games scheduled in the capital.

The budgetary allocation would cover stadia renovation, players' training and upgradation venues, among other things.

A total outlay of Rs 1,764 crore has been allotted this year for sports and youth affairs, compared to Rs 1,593 in 2008-09.

Of the Rs 1,764 crore, Rs 1,490 has been earmarked as plan expenditure, while the rest is non-plan expenditure. Of the total amount allocated for 2010 Games, Rs 600 crore has been earmarked for Sports Authority of India's stadia renovation alone, while Rs 100 crore has been allotted for preparation of teams.

Rs 60 crore has been allocated for upgradation/creation of venues while Rs 194.42 crore has been approved for overlays at SAI, All India Tennis Association and the Indian Olympic Association.

Apart from the amount earmarked for the 2010 Games, the government has also allotted Rs 16.75 crore for strengthening anti-doping measures.