A Bit on Commonwealth Games

The 2010 Commonwealth Games are all set to commence in Delhi from October 2010. Delhi, the capital of India with a population of over 15 million, is one of the largest cities in the world. Initiating such a massive project in this highly populated city is a big challenge for the government as well as the Delhiites.

This project involves a cost of more than Rs 500 crore and over 24 projects. It was an impressive moment for the country having routed Hamilton, Canadian city by 46 to 22 votes by CGF General Assembly and won the right to host the Commonwealth Games in 2010.The opening ceremony will take place on October 3 and the event ends on October 14.

Talking about the development in Delhi as a result of the Commonwealth Games, we can say that out of the 24 projects, 16 have been started or are on the verge of completion. These projects include construction of new bridges, roads, flyover, underpasses that would help in decongestion of traffic in the city. Massive steps have been taken in order to build new routes along the IGI airport to smoothen the traffic. With these, it would take lesser time and help in easy passage of vehicles that would help the players as well as the viewers to reach the venue on time. The forthcoming Commonwealth Games have proved to be a blessing for the city and its people. All these projects that are initiated as a part of ornamentation of the city would have otherwise taken 10 years but now, they are being completed on a much faster rate. Delhi is all set to becoming a world class city!

The construction of metro rail in many more areas and the follow up of commonwealth village will definitely add more honor to its cachet. Infrastructural development has resulted in better living conditions for the common man. Both inner and outer ring roads that are being planned will be signal free. As part of the public transport revamp, nine corridors have been recognized and would soon be a part of High Capacity Bus Systems. Massive expansion will increase accommodation and most of the people will be able to make use of the metro, as it is under construction currently in most places. This would even increase the usage of public transport and would gradually contribute to the beautification of Delhiā€™s environment. Moreover, with more flyovers and bridges coming up, more and more plants and trees are being grown on both the sides. With the idea of growing about more than 10 lakh plants all over Delhi, the objective of clean and green Delhi would be consummated soon. All this will trickle down to excellent connectivity, management and a perfect clean and green Delhi! Tourism is definitely going to get a fillip due to the games. Strict security measures too will be enforced in lieu of the large number of tourists in the city to prevent any untoward happenings. This shall surely have a positive impact on the law and order situation.

However on the downside, the demolition drive by the MCD and sealing of shops and buildings has created a lot of controversy and has led to unnecessary harassment of the common man.

Nevertheless, the Commonwealth Games seem to be giving everyone some or the other reason to smile. Sports freaks will have the opportunity to watch the Games for the first time in the city after the 1951 and 1982 Asian games. Some would enjoy the luxuries being offered as a part of the development in the city and some will be happy because this huge commonwealth village will solve around 5000 housing problems. It is for sure to go on to prove a blessing.

Shelly Mahajan

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