Wednesday, August 11, 2010

CWG broadcasting: BJP claims preparations by DD not started yet

New Delhi, Aug 3 (UNI) Broadcast Engineers Consultants India Ltd (BECIL), a Union Government's enterprise that integrates the expertise of All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan (DD) and is responsible for telecasting the Commonwealth Games internationally, has not yet even started the preparations, the BJP alleged today.

''The agency, which is responsible for works like construction of camera platform, commentary box, air-conditioned studio, among others, was provided with Rs 20 crore for the preparations. They had to finish the work by June 15. But, the work has not been started till yesterday,'' the party alleged in a 'white paper', it issued today on corruption and delays in Commonwealth-related works.

The Doordarshan officials were escaping media on this issue, it said. ''The officials have no idea when the BECIL would provide all these services,'' it added.

The party noted that this issue was very sensitive as the equipment needed for proper broadcasting require regular test and servicing much before the event whereas even the work has not started yet.

On August 1, a top DD official had claimed that since they had got the venues very late, things had spilled over to August as their work can start only after the completion of the venue.

The official had stated that they had started the work and everything has been mapped on the spot. ''Camera positions are identified and cabling is almost 30-35 per cent over. Some construction work is needed to be done according to our requirement but by August end everything will be ready,'' the official had said.

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