Rs 28,054 cr spent for 2010 Commonwealth Games: Reddy

      Union Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy on Monday said that a total of Rs 28,054 crore have been spent on the Commonwealth Games of which Rs 16,560 crore were given to the Delhi Government for upgradation of the Capital’s infrastructure and building of various stadia. Speaking during a debate in the Lok Sabha on the Commonwealth Games, the Minister informed the House that of the total of money given to the Delhi Government, only Rs 670 crore has been spent directly on the games (on building stadiums). He further informed that the rest of the money has been spent on infrastructure development of the capital, which is not directly linked to the games. He informed that Delhi Government’s expenditure on various projects includes Rs 650 crore for street scraping, Rs 900 crore for development of bus depots, Rs 3,000 crore for extension of Metro Rail service, 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. He said the government has also given Rs 2,394 crore as loan to the Organising Committee, a sum to be returned by them after the games. 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.

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