‘‘There is a lot of work pending and many efforts need to be put... The way the work is going on, I have doubts over timely completion (of some of the projects),’’ said Walia. A deadline of August 31 has been set by the city government for completing all the Games-related projects. Walia said that a few more extensions may be essential for the sports complex in particular, even though works on the roads and pavements are likely to be wrapped up with just some finishing touches remaining.
Walia reportedly pulled up officials but conceded that things have started looking up since the time the inspection by ministers started. ‘‘Things have improved since the last time we did inspection, but there is still a lot left to be done. And unless we really pull up our socks, some projects may miss the Games deadline causing huge embarrassment for the government. These visits by ministers have at least managed to infuse some sense of urgency in officials.’’
The minister expressed particular concern about the way construction rubbish still remains accumulated on several roads including in front of Akshardham Temple. He also pulled up officials for the broken pavements and ill-kept road near the temple which, because of its closeness to the Games Village, is likely to attract a lot of tourists during the Games.