Delhi Reports Progress to Commonwealth Games Federation
Chairman of the Delhi Organising Committee, Mr Suresh Kalmadi, informed the 71 countries and territories that make up the Commonwealth Games that all venue plans have been finalised and the awarding of construction tenders is near completion.
“Our goal is to see all the infrastructure required for the Games ready by the end of 2009 to enable us to institute a comprehensive testing program,” Mr Kalmadi said.
The city of Delhi is currently undergoing a huge transformation, driven by the approaching Games.
“There has been an explosion of infrastructure development, Metro lines are being extended, new high capacity buses are on the way, the city has new flyovers and expressways, and the power and water supplies have been vastly improved,” reported Mr Kalmadi.
“There is still more to be done but the level of change to date illustrates both India’s and Delhi’s commitment to the Games."
The 2010 organisers are also moving to fulfil their pledge to make the Games environmentally friendly.
“We have committed to delivering a “Green Games” and as such we have recently partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) towards achieving this.”
The Delhi Commonwealth Games will start on October 3 and finish on October 14.
India will also host the Commonwealth Youth Games in the city of Pune from 12th to 18th October 2008.
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