Thursday, October 8, 2009

CM updates PM on 2010 Games preparations

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday to update him on the progress of projects related to the Commonwealth Games 2010.

Dikshit had a one-on-one meeting with the PM at his 7, Race Course Road residence at 12.30 pm. She made a presentation, highlighting what her government has done so far.

While Dikshit remained tightlipped about what transpired in the meeting, sources said Union Sports Minister M.S. Gill had been appointed coordinator for the Games.

“Gill will co-ordinate with the Indian Olympic Association on all matter related to the Games and oversee the work being done by different agencies,” said a government official, who didn’t wish to be named, as he was not authorized to speak to media.

Soon after the meeting with the PM, another meeting was held at Nirman Bhavan, the headquarters of the Union Urban Development ministry.

Dikshit, Gill and several other senior officials were present in the meeting along with Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy.

“It was a regular meeting about the Commonwealth Games,” was all that Gill was willing to say. Nothing much, however, transpired.

According to government sources, Games Organizing Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi could not make it to the meeting.

“He was tied up elsewhere and could not make it. The meeting has been scheduled now for Wednesday,” said a government official.

Asked about the meeting with the Prime Minister, the Sports Minister replied: “Matters of common concern were discussed at the meeting, where the Delhi Chief Minister was already present,” Gill said.

On the Commonwealth Games Federation chief Mike Fennell’s concern about the lack of preparedness for the Games, Gill said: “He is coming. I will meet him and discuss it.”

Later this week, Fennell is scheduled to meet the PM. Many are viewing Dikshit and Gill’s meeting with the PM as an attempt to show that the Centre was serious about successful completion of the Games.