Steps taken to prevent dengue outbreak at CWG venues: Reddy
As CWG approaches, hygiene is uppermost on the mind of some.Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy on Saturday said steps were being taken to prevent the outbreak of dengue at the Commonwealth Games venue.”It (dengue) is a seasonal outbreak. Fumigation and other steps required to tackle it are being taken,” he told reporters after reviewing the Games Village and other facilities in New Delhi.Commenting on facilities at the Village and flats meant for athletes, Reddy said, “It is the best ever in the history of Commonwealth Games. It is world class…can be compared with the best of Olympic villages in the world.”Reddy, who visited the dining hall, practicising venues, swimming poll and other facilities, said it is for the first time that practicing venues are near to the Games Village.”However, facilities like dining hall is temporary in nature but other sports facilities will stay as a permanent legacy for Delhiites…we are quite proud that we have done it,” he said.The dining hall has a capacity to serve 3,000 people at a time. 2,500 people have been deployed to prepare 150 dishes during the games.Asked whether Games projects were still behind the schedule, Reddy said, “There was some initial delay but it was compounded by rains. But now, we are on the track.”He said all venues will be handed over to the security agencies by Monday.Hygiene at CWG Village bigger concern: Oz coachAustralia’s swimming coach Leigh Nugent says hygiene at the Commonwealth Games Village in Delhi is a bigger concern for him than the terror threats to the October 3 to 14 event.advertisement”You can go to a Western-style country and still get sick, but on the subcontinent they have bugs we have no resistance to,” Nugent was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph, a Melbourne report said.”Things like vomiting and diarrhoea can run rampant through a team, wreaking havoc on months of preparation and destroying medal chances.”So you have to be extra vigilant and make sure you have as many preventative measures in place as you can.”Nugent said all the Australian swimmers have been given hand-sanitising gel, probiotics to boost immunity and long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and bug repellent plus mosquito zappers to guard against diseases such as dengue and malaria.Roy raps govt for “splurging” tax payers’ money in CWGMagsaysay awardee and member of powerful National Advisory Council Aruna Roy on Saturday lambasted the government for “splurging” tax payers’ money in the name of Commonwealth Games.Addressing a public meeting on India’s performance in meeting UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Roy said although the government always has resources for such events, it often cites fund crunch for social welfare schemes.”Huge sums of money are being spent for Commonwealth Games. There is no shortage of resources. But, when it comes to improving the plight of the poor, there is always a fund crunch,” Roy, member of the Sonia Gandhi-led NAC said.She also slammed the government for failing to distribute food items when millions of tonnes of food grain are rotting in warehouses.