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CWG 2010: The Changing Face of Delhi!

July 16, 2009

Parkinson’s Law says “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” A little twist from my side, I say “Work shrinks so as to fit the time left for its completion.” You agree? Ofcourse! And by this time you must be even nodding if you are a software engineer 😛

Ok… I know you are now wondering! Why am I comparing my derivation of Parkinson’s law with CommonWealth Games 2010 (CWG)??? I say keep reading on 🙂

CWG is scheduled from 3rd October to 14th October 2010. Our country has won the opportunity to host this event by defeating Canada by 46 votes to 22 at the CGF General Assembly held in Montego Bay in November 2003. And since then, India is very busy making all arrangements for this esteemed event.

1) Funds have been allocated for 2,500 new DTC buses that will hit the roads before March next year. Also 15 new Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus depots would come up before 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG).

In a scenario where the number of vehicles in Delhi was set to cross the 60 lakh mark, the move to encourage public transport would go a long way in easing congestion.

2) The city may soon get six new Delhi Metro corridors.

3) The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM) has advocated to the government a five year tax holiday for all hotels (including the five star hotels) to boost up their capacity expansion ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games

4) Government will now create cycle tracks within a 2 Km radius of all Commonwealth Games venues.

5) Delhi Metro has decided to procure 300 air-conditioned feeder buses in its effort to provide hassle-free and comfortable ride to spectators on their way to 2010 Games venues.

6) Power ministry has asked providers of cable TV, internet and telephone services to remove overhanging wires.

7) The FRI has been entrusted with the job by the Delhi government to make the city look beautiful during the games. India has already declared it will host the first ever green Commonwealth Games (CWG) in 2010.

8) A dedicated electricity grid is to be set up for 2010 commonwealth games by BSES, one of the two private power distribution firms in the national capital.

9) By 2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi roads will get over 70 foot over bridges (FOB) for safe passage of pedestrians, the most vulnerable road users. If approved by the Delhi government, the next set of FOBs will have user-friendly features like lifts/escalators and ramps.

10) The public works department (PWD), the major road owning agency, has drawn up a map for micro-surfacing of all stretches which were laid or resurfaced barely two years ago. Roads which were resurfaced five or six years would be redeveloped using three technologies PWD sources said.

11) Ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the Delhi Government has decided to start phasing out of Blueline (often called as blood lines by Delhites) buses from July onwards by replacing them with modern buses over a period of next five months.

12) Work on the much-awaited Heritage Circuit linking the three World Heritage Sites Red Fort, Humayun Tomb and the Qutub Minar, in the city has started as part of the efforts to showcase Delhi magnificent past during the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

13) The Delhi government Thursday decided to construct a dedicated flyover, the longest in Delhi, to connect Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the main venue of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and the Games Village located 5 km away.

And many more things..

Right now I can not compare our presentation of the games with other countries’ presentation but I can say with surety that this event will bring boom to tourism, aviation, hospitality industries and will create jobs for many local people in India.

But at the same time, I would say that we should not compromise the quality of work as we did in the Phase II of Metro and suffered. I just hope this was the first and last mistake which taught us that no work can be complete without its quality checks!!

However we are trying to squeeze the work to fit in the stipulated timeline and if we come out as winners, Delhi will resurface with a new fresh look and with booming industries which otherwise would have taken years together!!

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Kumar Ahir permalink
    September 28, 2009 9:17 pm

    well the same thing happened in Pune during International youth games a year back. Better roads, cycle tracks, gardens and so on.

    You got to see their condition now.
    That was so temporary thing they put up.

  2. Brijesh Gajera permalink
    September 28, 2009 9:17 pm

    Nice to see somebody has thought of CWG 14 months before its schedule :)) Cycle tracks, green city, FOBs, no bluelines…wow! Delhi has finally started caring for pedestrians and cyclists :)) We Indians work better in crisis, so i m hopeful that quality things will be in place by the time Game starts. Amen!

  3. Whats In A Name permalink
    September 28, 2009 9:19 pm

    This is from

    I was there at Delhi since the last one month. And I must say that the city is seeing a major facelift.
    If somebody who had visited the place around 3 years back and would see it now , he would really understand the overhauling the city has gone through.
    Nice post 🙂
    (PS: Liked your blog, am a follower too.. )

  4. christo permalink
    September 28, 2009 9:20 pm

    Wow, really amazed by the things to be done for commonwealth games. Its big blessing for delhi vala, now they are in a real capital city. If we host events like this in visious cities in india, just think about it. So, india have a lot of money…hmm.

  5. Arijit permalink
    September 28, 2009 9:21 pm

    i think this will make Delhi a Real Capital City…and people would feel a difference visiting it….

  6. Srini permalink
    September 28, 2009 9:31 pm

    Interesting … No doubt it will be good for Delhi in terms of infrastructure …

  7. henrylow permalink
    January 22, 2010 8:00 am

    Everyone has their favorite way of using the internet. Many of us search to find what we want, click in to a specific website, read what’s available and click out. That’s not necessarily a bad thing because it’s efficient. We learn to tune out things we don’t need and go straight for what’s essential.

  8. M.S. Saggoo permalink
    June 28, 2010 9:24 am

    CWG Delhi will be the Best ever CWG !! India Shining !!

  9. ankit permalink
    July 9, 2010 4:58 am

    nice delhi roxssssssss

    nice to see this pics ………….but delhi is much better than this pics yar………………..

  10. Shubh permalink
    September 25, 2010 4:56 am

    Dehli is looking like a perfectly dressed bride these days

  11. Purshottam permalink
    September 28, 2010 6:48 am

    Any International event like CWG is a matter of proud for any country. It brings more openness as a globalization especially for the younger generation. Lot of infrastructural development takes place which converts into amenities subsequently.

  12. Krishna permalink
    October 3, 2010 2:31 pm

    Hosting CWG in Delhi is a great moment of pride for all Indians

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