Friday, December 18, 2009

CPWD confident on timely completion of Venues

While completion of work at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium will be slightly delayed from the March 2010 target for Commonwealth Games, Central Public Works Department (CPWD) the agency executing renovation and upgrade of stadiums is confident about meeting the new deadline for all other sporting venues.

Promising timely completion of Games-related works, CPWD director general Bhishm Kumar Chugh told ‘‘All the venues will be ready before March next year. The major thrust is on timely completion of work.’’

JLN Stadium will be ready by June next year as the decision to construct a tunnel from inside the stadium to facilitate entry and exit of performing artistes was only taken in October by the Group of Ministers (GoM) on request from the core team comprising Shyam Benegal, Prasoon Joshi and Bharat Bala which conceived the opening ceremony. ‘‘Work on the tunnel started on November 12,’’ said Chugh.

JLN Stadium work involves construction of a highly intricate structural system. CPWD has involved international experts from seven countries in the innovative and ambitious project. Apart from the main athletics venue, which will be ready by June, other venues like the weightlifting stadium and lawn bowl facility within the JLN Stadium complex will be complete by February 15, ahead of the March 2010 deadline.

With less than a year left for the mega event, the CPWD chief said Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium will be ready by March 2010 and claimed that construction work was going on with renewed pace. At the IGI complex, the wrestling stadium will be ready by February 21. The cycling velodrome, for which work started only in January this year, will be ready in time along with the gymnastics stadium. ‘‘The IGI complex will be handed over by March,’’ said Chugh.

Though work started late due to a delay in the decision of number of lanes, the S P Mukherjee Swimming Stadium will be completed by March next year. ‘‘The daily target has been fixed now. Around 350 skilled workers are working in extended shifts to facilitate cable installation for the innovative cable net structure on which the roof will be placed,’’ he said.