Official support today poured in to improve conditions at the Commonwealth Games village, with Oil Minister Murli Deora personally arranging for men and material needed to keep the village ticking.
Deora, 73, who drove to the village along with oil company heads, found that diesel supplies were a problem and immediately ordered for uninterrupted fuel supply.
"There were some problems over diesel supply. Indian Oil Chairman (B M) Bansal was there with me. He (Bansal) spoke on phone (with the concerned officials) and the problem is being solved," Deora told PTI.
Also, GAIL Chairman and MD B C Tripathi was instructed to arrange for 200 guards to watch over material and equipment at the village.
"I went to see three apartments. They are looking clean. Things have improved," the Oil Minister said, adding that "my visit is to show solidarity to the CWG, its organisers and the Delhi government. Hosting such games is an honour and as Indians we should be proud of it."
Deora had last week led heads of Navratna oil PSUs under his ministry to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in show of support for her efforts in organising the event.
After the September 24 meeting, huge billboards showcasing CWG games sprung up at petrol pumps and CNG filling stations around the capital.
"We must do whatever we can to make these games a grand success," he said.
The Oil PSUs have also been roped in to bail out public broadcaster Doordarshan -- the official telecaster of the 12- day Commonwealth Games, which was not finding many advertisers.
Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) and Indian Oil Corp (IOC) will buy air-time during the telecast of the Games between October 3 and 14.
Lack of advertisers interest has already forced Prasar Bharti, which administers Doordarshan, to halve the revenue target from ad slots during the Games to Rs 100 crore.
"I had taken ONGC Chairman and Managing Director R S Sharma, IOC Chairman B M Bansal and GAIL Chairman and Managing Director B C Tripathi to Sheila Dikshitji and promised all support," Deora said.
Asked about complaints of elevators not functioning at the village, Deora said the service was disrupted due to water accumulation, but that has been taken care of.
"I'm glad that things are working fine. We must show solidarity for the organisers, whosoever they are," he said.
CWG Village: Oil Minister Chips in With Men, Material
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