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the Commonwealth Games
Boria Majumdar, Nalin Mehta
HarperCollins; Rs 450
The opening sections on the Games will attract most interest because the costs alone are staggering. From official figures they suggest that the original cost estimate of approximately $1.3billion has mushroomed to $15billion. That will make the Games seven times more expensive than Melbourne in 2006 and demonstrably the most expensive Commonwealth in Games history.
That $15billion figure is instructive. It matches the Andhra Pradesh government’s 2015 target for IT exports; the Union Government’s revenue for the recent sale of its 3G mobile phone spectrum; and the current level of the national subsidy for agricultural fertiliser. Union and Delhi governments think the Games are important, then.