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Government of India

13 December 2006
  Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports  


  16:22 IST  
  The Commonwealth Games 2010 would cover 17 disciplines. The Games are scheduled to be held from October 3 to 14, 2010 in Delhi. Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, Minister of Panchayatri Raj, Youth Affairs and Sports and DONER, informed the Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports which he chaired last evening. Initially fifteen disciplines viz. Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Hockey, Lawn Bowls, net Ball, Rugby 7ís, Shooting, Squash, Table-Tennis, Weightlifting and Wrestling were to be included in the Games. the Commonwealth Games Federation has decided to include Tennis and Archery. Therefore, the Games would now cover 17 disciplines, the members were informed. The Minister said that the site for the Games Village is off the National Highway-24 adjacent to Akshardham Temple near Noida Mor. The responsibility for setting up the Village has been given to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA). As per the present proposal the residential accommodation for the athletes in the Village is proposed to be developed on a PPP model, in the form of a Residential Complex, with additional hotel accommodation in close proximity to the Games Village, which would assist the Organising Committee in making arrangements for technical officials and delegates who would be coming for the Games. The facilities in the international zone of the Village are proposed to be developed in the form of temporary overlays. In addition, practice facilities including an Athletics Track, Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre will be developed.

The Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) has considered proposals of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in respect of the budget of the Organizing Committee (OC) for conduct of the Games, and SAI for development of venue infrastructure; and, the proposals of Ministry of Urban Development regarding venue infrastructure and the Games Village to be established by the DDA. The EFC has made the following recommendations, on the basis of which funds are being released to the concerned agencies in a phased manner. A revenue neutral budget of Rs. 767 crore, with a flexibility to sanction an escalation of 15 per cent by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, has been recommended for the Organising Committee. It has also been recommended that a risk analysis of the projected revenue stream and detailed exercise for validation of the budget would be undertaken, and a system of concurrent audit put in place. So far, funds to the tune of Rs.99.76 crore have been provided to the Organising Committee, to meet various international commitments and other requirements of expenditure. EFC has agreed to and recommended a budget of Rs.1000 crore to Sports Authority of India with scope of variation upto 10 per cent within which Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports can give approvals. An amount of Rs. 12.50 crore has so far been released to the SAI for appointment of Consultants for the preparation of designs, etc, in respect of the infrastructure to be developed by SAI. EFC has approved/recommended an amount of Rs. 325 crore to be provided to DDA with a flexibility of 25 per cent within which the Ministry could give the necessary approvals. Budgetary proposals in respect of some of the venues, viz. Tennis and Rugby 7s, are in the process of finalisation. Discussions are also underway with all concerned stakeholders regarding finalisation of training venues, establishment of non-competition venues, particularly the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC) and the Main Press Centre (MPC), and issues related to the temporary overlays that will be required at various venues in the operational phase of the Games, the Minister informed the Committee.

The Commonwealth Youth Games, 2008, is proposed to be organized as a Sub-event of the Commonwealth Games, 2010. It was found that it would not be possible to hold these Games in Delhi, since most of the sports infrastructure would be under development/up-gradation in the context of the main Games. It was decided by the Commonwealth Games Federation, that the Games may be held in Pune. The Planning Commission had recommended that an amount of Rs.100 crore may be provided in the budget of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports for sports infrastructure, and has indicated specific projects related to civic infrastructure to be taken up under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) under the Ministry of Urban Development. Further action is being taken by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, to put up a proposal for consideration of the EFC, and by Ministry of Urban Development in respect of the proposals regarding establishment of infrastructure.

Government of NCT of Delhi had submitted its proposal of Rs.770 crore comparing the following agency-wise elements: Transport 270 crore, PWD 165 crore, MCD 75.55 crore, Health & Family Welfare 45.70 crore, Delhi Jal Board 40 crore, UP/PWD 100 crore, NDMC 33.75 crore, Department of Education (Sports) 40 crore(Total 770 crore). These proposals have been considered, and approved in principle by the Planning Commission. An Empowered Committee has also been set up under Delhi Chief Secretary, with representatives of all the agencies/authorities concerned to facilitate speedy and time bound clearances in respect of games related projects. Another Committee has been set up, with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports as convenor, to deal with clearances pertaining to the Delhi Urban Arts Commission and other central agencies as may be required. Government has also constituted a Task Force for coordination and follow up action with all agencies concerned for creation of additional tourist accommodation including Bed and Breakfast facilities, in the context of Commonwealth Games, 2010. The Committee was informed that specific time lines are being established in respect of each project, together with a system of monitoring so that timely completion of all works can be closely monitored, and ensured.

The following Members of Parliament attended the meeting: S/Shri Kiren Rijiju, Sunil Kumar Mahato, Bhartruhari Mahtab, Rajniti Prasad, Rampal Singh and Dr.Rameshwar Oraon.

Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Madhukar Gupta and Chief Secretary, Government of NCT Delhi, Shri R.Narayanaswamy made presentations to the Committee.