Dwarka may host some CWealth Games events

New Delhi, Nov 13 | Updated: Nov 14 2005, 05:30am hrs
Dwarka is likely to be a venue for some of the events to be played during the Commonwealth 2010.

The Delhi government will discuss the feasibility of the proposed venue with the Commonwealth games organising body.

Both, the government and the Commonwealth games organising body are of the view that renovation of the existing athletics venue could be very expensive and building new stadia could be a better option.

The idea to set up an athletics venue in Dwarka seems feasible, given the huge expanse of land lying unused in the area. Moreover, it will have an impact on the real estate prices of the area in a big way, said a senior government official.

International consultant Even Knowledge Services (EKS) has asked New Delhi to build a new facility for the swimming events and we have sought advice on infrastructure plans from EKS to analyse the feasibility of the project in Dwarka, added the official.

EKS is also said to have expressed reservations about the site close to the Akshardham Temple, which was decided by the Delhi government.

The reason cited is that athletes may be disturbed by the noise and vibrations caused by trains running on tracks situated close to the games site.

As the games will be held around October, a festive time when hordes of devotees throng the temple, this could also make the visiting athletes jittery.

The organising committee for the Delhi Commonwealth Games, will work on the decision making process and submit the final report to the Group of Minister (GoM), headed by Human Resource Minister Arjun Singh, on November 21.

Around 8,000 athletes and officials are expected to take part in the games which will feature around 20 events. The cost estimates would be known only after the venue plans are finalised on Nov 21.

The Australian experts had rejected the aquatic complex and recommended major renovation of the track and field venue, both built for the 1982 Asian Games.

The Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, the showpiece venue for the 1982 games, may eventually stage only the opening and closing ceremonies.