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Rains added to the costs

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The rains that lashed the city through August and September caused considerable damage to the planning of the Organising Committee, Commonwealth Games.

Most importantly, the costs went up in creating temporary infrastructure for additional days of rehearsals for opening and closing ceremonies at the Parade grounds here.

Originally, the Nehru Stadium was expected to have a month of rehearsals, but rains that caused damage to the ground necessitated massive repairs and thus delayed the shifting of the rehearsals to the main till the third week of September.

The rehearsal venue infrastructure for the opening ceremony cost Rs 3.67 core. The rehearsal technical support at the Parade grounds cost Rs 69,10,839.

Repair works

A total of Rs 47,85,129 was required to repair the main turf at the Nehru Stadium after rains caused cave-in and the ground needed to be filled with sand and mud and rolled to make it strong enough for the rehearsals and the stage for the opening ceremony.

The cost included that for a factory-sealed water proof membrane to be laid over the turf.

In addition, a synthetic carpet to protect the track cost Rs 1,25,000 and another one to provide cushion to the ground cost another Rs 12 lakh.

Replacing turf

The cost of replacing the turf after the opening ceremony comes to Rs 7.73 crore. Grass grown at Hapur (UP) and brought in by about 60-odd trucks will be required to relay the turf within a 48-hour period after the opening.

The athletics events start on October 6.

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