Commonwealth Games Delhi -2010

Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010

 

The 2010 Commonwealth Games are scheduled to be held in New Delhi, India between 3 October and 14 October 2010. With a population of over 15 million, Delhi is one of the largest cities in the world. This will be the largest multi-sport event conducted to date in Delhi and India generally, which has previously hosted the Asian Games in 1951 and 1982. The opening ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi.









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As the Commonwealth Games 2010 drawing close, the host city Delhi gears up its preparations for the mega event:

Hospitality

Delhi has a vibrant hospitality industry with almost all major world-class hotels and restaurants located here. However, the current capacity will be insufficient to handle the huge influx of visitors expected into Delhi for the Commonwealth Games. An additional 25,000 rooms are being built to meet the requirements of the Games; this will be supplemented by the Bed and Breakfast Scheme launched by the Delhi government.

In addition, the State-owned India Tourism Development Corp. Ltd (ITDC) and private hotels have embarked on make-over and upgradation plans to welcome visitors to Delhi and make their stay an enjoyable experience.

City Make-Over
The historic city of Delhi will look its best for visitors during the Commonwealth Games 2010. One of the legacies of the event will be that it will leave behind a city much more beautiful and charming than it currently is. The colonial city-centre and Delhi's main shopping area, Connaught Place, has been given a new fašade and is already experiencing a resurgence. Rajpath, the main avenue in Lutyens' Delhi, is being rejuvenated. The city's monuments, an integral part of the rich heritage of Delhi's past, are being cleaned and revitalised.

New international standard signages and bus shelters will add to Delhi's modern look as will new public conveniences such as call booths, shopping areas, etc.

Civic Services
Delhi plans to be power surplus by the time the Commonwealth Games are held. To ensure additional power to Delhi, the government is undertaking a large power-production initiative to increase production to over 5,880 mega watts (MW) from the current 4,500 MW. The power distribution system will be streamlined, more power directed to Delhi and new power plants constructed.

Delhi Jal Board is planning to augment water supply substantially by 2010. Two new initiatives have been undertaken to boost water supply from the current 670 million gallons per day (MGD) to 941 MGD. Plans are also underway to streamline Delhi's solid waste management system.

Twenty new hospitals will be functional by 2010 to enhance Delhi's healthcare and medical infrastructure. Special trauma ambulances will be on call during the Games to provide immediate relief in cases of emergencies.

Nine new automated car parks are being built in the vicinity of the Games venues with a capacity for 7,500 vehicles.

Transportation
Delhi will have a dedicated Metro line from the airport to the city centre - Connaught Place - by 2010. The Games Village as well as the main competition venues such as the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and the Indira Gandhi Stadium will be connected through the Metro. The inter-city connectivity as well as passenger capacity will be enhanced. All Metro stations are planned to be Wi-Fi enabled by 2010.

A four-lane, 2.2 km underground stretch from Ring Road to Lodhi will link the Games Village to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, reducing travelling time for athletes. Twelve new flyovers and several bridges and under-bridges have been planned to improve road connectivity with the Games Villages, the sports venues, and within the city. Road widening also is in progress. The new eight-lane expressway from Gurgaon to Delhi is functional. A total of 1,100 new low-floor, high-capacity air-conditioned buses will ply on Delhi roads by 2010 to ease commuting.

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