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Sahay prods govt over Games

Ranchi, Dec. 29: The chairman of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) steering committee for the 34th National Games, Subodh Kant Sahay, today urged the state government to leave no stone unturned to ready infrastructure before the opening ceremony of the Games on February 12, 2011.

After inspecting the main athletics stadium and the Games village at the Mega Sports Complex in Hotwar, Sahay, the Union food processing minister and Ranchi MP said, “Apparently some work has begun after the chief minister’s visit a few days back. But, it will still be a Herculean task to complete all pending works in 10-15 days.”

Chief minister Arjun Munda had asked the construction companies to complete all works related to infrastructure by January 15.

Sahay was accompanied by IOA steering committee member and Games Technical Conduct Committee (GTCC) chairman S.M. Bali and National Games Organising Committee (NGOC) organising secretary S.M. Hashmi.

The MP said, “IOA and Jharkhand Olympic Association are prepared, but providing infrastructure is the responsibility of the state government,” adding, “The government has to increase the manpower in construction and other Games related works.”

Referring to a 500-metre gap in the compound wall of the sports complex, Sahay said, “The boundary is not complete, and the gap leaves the stadia and equipment vulnerable. As solving this issue involves land acquisition, the government needs to find a solution that will involve local villagers.”

He said the problem could be solved amicably if jobs were created for the villagers inside the sports complex.

Besides, Sahay instructed the staff of Nagarjuna Construction Company Ltd, which is in charge of the athletics stadium, to wind up with the finishing touches such as painting the walls and doors.

He also asked them to ensure a smooth drainage system was put in place.

Later, after a closed-door meeting at the NGOC secretariat, Sahay asked Hashmi to prepare a checklist and remind the state government at regular intervals about what needed to be done.

“We must succeed this time. But I want to caution that care must be taken to avoid any humiliation in hosting the Games,” said Sahay, who will submit a report to IOA in a day or two.

Incidentally, competition directors for different sports also started an inspection of equipment and venues related to their disciplines today at all three venues — Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Dhanbad. Tomorrow, they will present reports at the GTCC meeting to be held at the NGOC secretariat.

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