New Delhi 2010 faces delays

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According to news agency Reuters, India's government has painted a stark picture of construction delays for the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games.

According to news agency Reuters, India's government has painted a stark picture of construction delays for the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games, by saying in early July 2009 that more than half the work still needed to be completed in 12 of the 17 projects. A statement in parliament by the junior sports minister reflected a race against time for the games in October next year, which has faced delays from the planning stage and then cost increases due to the rise in prices of steel, cement and labour. Listing the percentage of work completed at each venue, Indian government minister Pratik Prakashbapu Patil however expressed confidence the venues would be ready before the games. The athletics venue in the main Jawaharlal Nehru stadium complex and the games village are only half completed while a meagre 7% of work was finished in the archery arena. Federal sports minister Manohar Singh Gill raised concerns in June 2009 over the tardy progress of work. The organisers also plan security on a par with the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Organisers said in June 2009 that higher construction costs would force the games to go 6–8% over the planned $1. 6bn budget. The Delhi government allotted an extra Rp9bn in its annual budget on 22 June 2009. Construction delays forced the 10–16 August world badminton championships to be moved to Hyderabad.

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