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Commonwealth Games and Money Fiasco

Posted by Sara | Opinion | Wednesday 11 August 2010 5:39 am
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Commonwealth Games and Money FiascoUrban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy has made a call for support from all quarters while disclosing that a total of Rs 28,054 crore have been spent on the Commonwealth games out of which Rs 16,560 crore was given to the Delhi Government in order to upgrade the capital infrastructure and building of various stadiums.

Reddy, while defending expenditure incurred on CWG games, also said that a huge amount of money has been spent on infrastructure development that will remain with India long after the games are over

From in.news.yahoo.com:

Giving a break-up of the money spent, the minister said, the Delhi Government has spent on various projects which includes Rs 650 crore for street scraping, Rs 900 crore for development bus depots, Rs 3,000 crore for extension of Metro, Rs 18,000 crore for augmenting DTC bus services and Rs 3,700 crore on flyovers and bridges.

Of the Rs 11,494 crore spent by the centre, Rs 2.934 crore was spent on sports infrastructure and Rs 678 crore on training of teams, while Rs 182 crore has been given to MTNL, Rs 827.85 crore to the Ministry of Urban Development, Rs 487.57 to Information and Broadcasting Ministry and Rs 747 crore to Health Ministry.

Reddy said the government has also given Rs 2,394 crore as loan to the organising committee, which is to be returned by them after the games.

Defending the huge amount of money spent, he said most of the money has been spent of infrastructure development which will remain as the country’s legacy long after the games are over.

“If you furnish and paint your house before your daughter’s wedding, then the money spent on that cannot be said to be part of the dowry,” he said.

Reddy also remarked that most of the projects will be completed by end of August barring the Barapullah Nallah project which would be over only by September.

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