Printer Friendly

CWG Baton may cover more area in Capital.

DECISION on the route of the Queen's Baton Relay through the national Capital was Thursday referred to a top government group following serious differences among the various agencies involved in charting the route.

The Commonwealth Games Organising Committee insists on taking the baton to all prominent landmarks of the city and the state government wants the baton should be on display in all of Capital's nine districts.

But the Delhi Police has cited security threats to insist that the baton be exposed as little as possible and preferably kept mostly inside the Commonwealth Games headquarters in New Delhi.

Failing to finalise the route for the QBR, a high- level meeting headed by Lt Governor Tejindra Khanna asked the Organising Committee to rework its proposal for the relay in the city in coordination with the police.

" The meeting also left it to the Group of Ministers on Games, headed by Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy, to take a final decision on the route of the baton relay based on the new proposal to be submitted by the Organising Committee," a senior official, who attended the meeting, said.

The meeting also struck down an ambitious proposal of the Organising Committee to unveil the baton from a helicopter in the city. The proposal to take the baton from the entry point in the city to its first destination by helicopter has been rejected, the official said.

The Organising Committee strongly pitched for taking the baton to all the important monuments in the city, the police expressed serious reservation on it citing security concerns.

" The police wanted the baton to be kept at a particular place, preferably inside the OC headquarters.

They are totally against taking the baton across the city due to security reasons," he said.

Officials of Delhi government also favoured taking the baton to various places in the city to enthuse and involve people with the 12- day- long mega event.

The GoM is likely to meet next week and a final decision on journey of the baton is expected in the meeting. The baton, now on nation- wide journey after completing its international leg, will arrive at the capital on September 30 and organisers want it to visit various places in the next few days before inauguration of the Games on October 3.

Copyright 2009 India Today Group. All Rights Reserved.

Provided by an company
COPYRIGHT 2010 Al Bawaba (Middle East) Ltd.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2010 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Mail Today (New Delhi, India)
Geographic Code:9INDI
Date:Aug 13, 2010
Previous Article:MAIL TODAY COMMENT.
Next Article:Essar Shipping okays demerger of biz.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters