### http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com 30 December 2009, 02:13am IST
Nehru stadium will be ready by May
By Mahendra Kumar Singh, TNN
NEW DELHI: The main venue for Commonwealth Games 2010, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, will be ready by May next year with the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) deciding to deploy more engineers and workers to complete the project before the revised deadline.
“I told the Rajya Sabha that the stadium will be ready in June. But I am going to increase the number of engineers and hope it will be ready by May,” sports minister MS Gill said after a meeting of the group of ministers (GoM).
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (JNS), named after the first prime minister of India, was built by the Government of India to host the 9th Asian Games in 1982.
The massive facility is an all-purpose sports arena hosting football (soccer) and other sporting events, as well as large-scale entertainment events, such as concerts by India’s leading musical acts and entertainers. The facility seats 78,000 spectators, and up to 130,000 for concerts. In terms of sitting capacity, it is the third biggest stadium in India and the 57th largest in the world. The stadium also houses the headquarters of the Indian Olympic Association.
In preparation for hosting the Commonwealth Games the stadium is undergoing a refurbishment that will reduce the capacity to 75,000 spectators. The facelift includes a new roof, improved seating, a tunnel and other facilities to meet international standards when the stadium hosts the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the Athletics Events.
The nineteenth edition Commonwealth Games (3-14 October 2010) will be the largest multi-sport event conducted to date in Delhi and India generally.
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