So far I have desisted joining the Crying Shame movement playing along the country as one fiasco straddles another in the ongoing preparation for the Common Wealth Games. Today’s reportage on the The Wall Street Journal is no different.
Some gems spewn by our admirable people-in-command include a much-talked about television interview by Lalit Bhanot, if you do not know who he is you will soon enough. Sharing a few more with you…
On collapse of a footbridge under construction – Jaipal Reddy, India’s minister for urban development, says the event would go smoothly despite the problems. “I am as confident, as cool as ever, about organizing Commonwealth Games in a very successful, comfortable way. I don’t think these matters will affect the image of the government or the country in the final analysis.”
A.K. Sinha, the chief engineer of the Public Works Department of the Delhi government—the agency responsible for constructing the bridge—calls Tuesday’s incident a “setback,” but expresses confidence that the project would be completed before the Games begin. “The mishap happened due to support failure, leading to the collapse of the footbridge onto the car park tarmac underneath. The engineers are investigating the cause of the accident.”
Michael Fennell, the Games Federation president says: “The problems are arising because deadlines for the completion of the Village have been consistently pushed out. Now, the high security around the site, while vital, is slowing progress and complicating solutions.”
On international criticism on poor show so far: Mr. Reddy, the minister for urban development says there has been no criticism about the quality of the Games Village but only complaints about services and maintenance. The government would work with the Organizing Committee to ensure the success of the Games, he says.
Now what more do I say, Jai Ho?!!