Report No. 4 of 2011 - Performance and Compliance Audit on Commonwealth Games Government of Delhi

Date on which Report Tabled:
Fri 13 Jan, 2012
Date of sending the report to Government
Government Type
Sector -


India hosted one of the most successful Commonwealth games in Delhi from 3 to 14 October, 2010. These Games represented the biggest international multi-sport event held in the country. India gave its best ever performance in the Commonwealth games. The Games were also a remarkable show case of the nation's managerial and sporting capabilities that despite a multitude of adversities India emerged successful both as hosts and as competitors.

The right to host CWG-2010 was awarded in November 2003 to Delhi on the basis of the May 2003 bid of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), and the guarantee of Government of India (Gol), in conjunction with the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) to bear the financial liability for hosting the Games, including underwriting any shortfall between revenues and expenditure. As a signatory to the Host City Contract (HCC) the GNCTD became responsible for extending courtesy facilities for the Games Family, officials and aides, besides getting the Games infrastructure ready.

The initial budget projected in the IOA bid was highly conservative and unrealistic which led to revisions of estimates at very short intervals even upto September 2010. This evidenced a piecemeal approach for consideration/ approval of individual cost elements. The other major reason for increased costs/ estimates was delays at different stages (including delays in grant of approvals by Gol), resulting in bunching of activities towards the end and consequential increase in cost.

There were delays relating to venue development at all stages - planning delays on account of late preparation/ approval of venue briefs, return briefs, and concept designs; delays in tendering and contract award; as also in works execution and handover. In the absence of in-house design skills, the venue owners/ implementing agencies were dependent on external design consultants.

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