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As October 3rd prepares to write history in the pages of Hindustan, we prepare to shift to the Games mode, accommodating all the adjustment coming our way.

Here, I make you catch the glimpse of cat-rat rush before you howl in the spirit of games.

Cars entering from any of the 13 major borders may have to face delays as Delhi Police plans to intensify checking of both private and commercial vehicle but the traffic police and transport department have clarified that there is no plan to block entry of cars which are registered in states other than Delhi.

The movement of commercial vehicles like trucks, tempos and goods autos will be restricted on all roads in the vicinity of the venues. During the day, commercial vehicles will not be allowed on some roads.  With this, on about 180 km of roads across the city, the extreme right lane will be converted into a dedicated Games lane, meant for use only by athletes and delegates. Hence, the roads will be blocked at the time of their movement.

The restrictions will begin on Sept 20 and continue till Oct 14. Those entering the lanes will have to pay Rs 2,000 as fine.

So, inspect your way else get all set to hurt your pockets. Sob! Sob!

Not only this, Government plans to shift 1,600 Blue lines to rural areas from Sept 25. On routes near Games venues, only low-floor DTC buses will be allowed to ply.

I wonder how Delhi will give the impression of being our same city without BLUELINES!
However, those headed for the event will be given a free ride as DTC will run special shuttle services from 52 focal points. Whoohoo!

These buses will assemble at five hubs ISBT Anna Vicars, Kashmere Gate, Nehru Place, Shivaji terminal and Dhaula Kuan from where another set of buses will be operated at regular intervals..

So, are you a shopaholic? Hang on! As you may have to scrap shopping plans on the days earmarked for the opening and closing ceremonies. Markets around the main Games venues will be asked to stay shut on the two main days and close early in the evening on all other days to prevent congestion and ensure better security.

Between for both school and college students, the Commonwealth Games has been pronounced a long holiday as the break will extend from October 1-17 and October 1-15, respectively. But,

The same does not concern our legal system as the traffic police’s proposal to shut down courts during the Games to reduce congestion didn’t find favor with the Court authorities. Thus, the Supreme Court and high court will stay closed only between October 9-13, which is the routine annual break. The lower courts have no such break and hence will stay open.

It’s a call for a long break for Vendors and hawkers as MCD and NDMC are coming down heavily on vegetable vendors, illegal dhabas and other street food vends near Games venues and in markets. The agencies will allow only licensed vendors, which account for only 5-10 percent of the unorganized sector. So, are you ready to give up lip smacking golgappas, chapatti aaluchat and khatta meetha paan? Sigh!
While we jump, cry, yap and swing, the 80,000-strong force of Delhi Police will be out on the streets. More than half the force will be on Games duty, but this doesn’t mean that Delhi will be left unguarded. About 12,000 new recruits will be the replacements. We are protected!
So, let’s go oblivion to alterations, modifications and be drenched in the sweat of passion.

And, why not? After all it’s time to get sporty!!!

This post will prove to be a great help to those who wants to know about the places where they can find the tickets for the Common Wealth Games.

It is said that around 1.7 million tickets will be made available for the general public from June 2010. These tickets could be purchased from the selected retail outlets in Delhi – National Capital Region (NCR) and most of major metros. The tickets for the XIX Commonwealth Games will remain on sale until the start of each event and are subject to availability. The ticket sales program will also provide registered users with an opportunity to receive information on the latest updates about tickets sales. However in case of online purchase of tickets it is advisable the visit the official website.

Below is a list of some of the important Commonwealth games ticket retail sale outlets

Central Bank of India

5 Jeevan Tara Building,

New Delhi-110001

Timings: Mon to Sat 9AM to 8PM

Central Bank of India

M-67, M- Block Market, Greater Kailash-I,

New Delhi-110048

Timings: Mon to Sat 9AM to 8PM

Central Bank of India

Madhuban, 55, Nehru Place,

New Delhi-110019

Timings: Mon to Sat 9AM to 8PM

Central Bank of India

Sector 15-A, RWA

Noida

Timings: Mon to Sat 9AM to 8PM

IRCTC STC Building

G Floor, 1

Tolstoy Mg

New Delhi-110001

Timings: Mon to Sat 9AM to 8PM

For the spectators from around the world given below is the list for the detailed contact information of General Sales Agent appointed by various Commonwealth Games Associations. For booking of your ticket for any of the country given below kindly approach the respective General Sales Agent (GSA). For countries where there is no General Sales Agent (GSA) kindly Book Online.

For the following countries:

Botswana, Cameroon, Brunei Darussalam, British Virgin Islands, Gambia, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritius, Namibia, Samoa, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Uganda, Zambia

Contact:

Kingdom Sports Group

Daniel Beniston

info@kingdomsg.com

http://www.kingdomsg.com

Ph +61 2 9572 6952

6 Catherine Street

Leichhardt, Sydney, NSW, 2040

Australia

For countries like:   Jersey, Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Scotland

Contact:

Dave Freeman / Matt Warren

Travel Places

Podium House, 61 Chapel Road, Worthing, West Sussex

BN11 1HR, England

Tel: +44 1903 832888

Mob: +44 7884 311 251

Email: mattw@travelplaces.co.uk

www.travelplaces.co.uk

New Zealand

Contact:

Cartan Global Limited

Malcolm Beattie

CEO

Cartan Global Limited

Parnell , Auckland

Australia

Contact:

Sportsworld Pacific

Level 20, 141 Walker,

St. North Sydney, NWS 2060

Australia

Tel: +61 2 94929100

Email: sales@sportsworld.net.au

Contact: Grant Little

Barbados

Contact:

Grant Little

Mrs. Pam Reece

Ticketing Agent

Going Places Travel

Independence Square

Bridgetown

Barbados

England

Contact:

1. Sportsworld Group

Sportsworld Group

Windrush Court

Blacklands Way

Abingdon OX14 1SY

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1235 555 844

Email:delhi2010@sportworld.co.uk

Dave Freeman / Matt Warren

Travel Places

Podium House, 61 Chapel Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1HR, England

Tel: +44 1903 832888

Mob: +44 7884 311 251

Email: mattw@travelplaces.co.uk

http://www.travelplaces.co.uk

Wales

Contact:

1. Strachan Sports Travel

Suites 12/14

Cardiff International Arena

Mary Ann Street

Cardiff CF10 2EQ,UK

Tel: +44(0) 29 2023 4650 – General

Tel: +44(0) 29 2023 4653 – Direct

Fax: +44(0) 29 2023 4652

Mobile: 44(0) 7958 376055

Email:Julie@strachansportstravel.com

Web: www.strachansportstravel.com

When there are so many preparations going on for the common Wealth games, starting from the infrastructure to the transportation then how can we forget to have a theme song for the biggest event that our country is going to host. Of course I am talking about the theme song for the Common Wealth Games, like the one we had “Waka Waka” for the Soccer world cup and it did wonders. And if we are talking about the theme song then it has to be the best and obviously from the best. The theme song is composed Mr. Rehman, yes I am talking about the musical Maestro A. R. Rehman. The song is “Oh yaaro, yeh India bula liya”.

The message behind the song is a request to everyone to do their best to show India in a positive light in front of the world. “I feel honoured to get the opportunity to compose the theme song for the mega-event. It was not an easy task. I had started composing it six months ago and finished just last night,” Rehman said. The song of Common Wealth Games 2010 is launched after it was heard and approved by the Group of Ministers (GoM) at a meeting, which was held on Sunday. The theme song is directed by Shyam Benegal and produced by Bharat Bala. The Urban Development Minister S. Jaipal is the head of the GoM and was part of the testing committee. Though the song is approved but it is approved by the GoM on their own principles. “A well beginning is the half job done. Now onwards you will listen this song day in and day out. It is the first move towards a great Commonwealth Games, which we had promised years back,” Kalmadi said.

In wake of a “Project Delay” process OC is again going to miss deadlines for 5 projects set by Delhi CM Sheila Dixit last month.In order to pace up the work government officials have now categorised all development going in delhi in two parts viz “directly related to Games” and “less to do with Games”.

Work on Barapullah Nullah elevated road will now will be extended over to September. Underpass at Apsara border crossing is likely to made operational only by mid September and this month only one carriageway will be ready.The widening of the Ghazipur crossing – Apsara Border road will also be stretched to September. The longest delay will be of UP link road which will only be completed by September 15 just a fortnight before the games starts.The reson told behind delaying of UP link road is Land issue for which PWD is already batteling in Supreme court.And as far as Apsara border delay is concern PWD told that they didn’t get approval from railway ministry .

Seems like as per the speculations all the projects will likely to be completed just just before the games starts.

Finally after so much shouts and negative news delhi gets a positive side of preparation going for CWG 2010.Yes,was the answer for the question which was frequently been asked in one or the other way that wether Venues being prepared or prepared are able to be used for Common wealth games or not.

Common wealth games federation is happy with the progress of preperations going in delhi for games.As per Common wealth games CEO Mike hooper who have shown grave concerns in his last visit “We have given out brickbats when they have been deserved on the progress of the venues, but perhaps it’s time to give out a bouquet, because we are really impressed by the amount of work that has been done in the past couple of months“.

Not to mention that games are just three months away and three crucial venues viz the main Jawaharlal Nehru stadium , the aquatic complex and the athletes village are still not ready however the organisers are pleased with the progress.

Expansion of the city’s metro network and the work on more than 20 major infrastructure are yet to finish before the game.

The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the R. K. Khanna Tennis Stadium, the Delhi University rugby sevens stadium and the National Stadium for hockey are all open-air venues. Several running and cycling events will be held on roads.There are speculations that outdoor public events might get affected by the weather however the orgainzers and i am sure that many delhites are keeping there fingure crossed for the upcoming major event.

So its CWG everywhere

Even this word looks like a big devil which Is responsible for Delhi Jams, Electricity cut of , Water Scarcity, Road Diversions and of coarse Price inflation who can forget this but let see the other part  of the coin.

In this addition of my blog I would like to flash light on all the promises and efforts which Indian Government gave to get the honour of hosting Ninteenth Common Wealth games in India.

Bidding Arena

There were 2 bidders for the 2010 CWG one was Delhi (India) and the other was Hamilton Ontorio (Canada) . The polh held in November 2003 at CWG Federation in Jamica . India won bid by a margin of 46 votes and  India won second round by promising to give US$ 100,000 to each participating countries …..Believe it or not but it is true….. Successful completion of 2003 Afro-Asian Games also help India to grab the deal.

Costs

The total Budget estimated to host the CWG games is US$ 1.6 billion excluding infrastructure development in city like construction, maintainance etc (not to forget opening of Terminal 3 in IGI).And this makes the most expensive CWG ever defeating Melbourne (Australia) which was approx US$1.1 billion.

Transportation System

1. Delhi proposed a four lane, 2.2 km underground stretch from Lodhi Road to trans-Yamuna, linking the Games Village to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and reducing travelling time between the Village and the Stadium by six minutes.

2. Plans were made to make inner circle and outer circle signal free , a delight for commuter who uses these roads.

3. Nine corridors were being identified as High Capacity bus systems.

4. Delhi metro had to be extended till gurgaon and Noida (which is now operational to an extent). The total distance which metro will cover was estimated of 420 KM making it one of the longest networks of in world.

5. IGI needs to modernized and Terminal 3 need to increase its travelers capacity to more than 37 million passengers in a year. A runway needs to construct which will serve for take off and landing of over 75 flights an hr and it will be 4400 meters long (Asia’s Longest Runway). IGI will be connected to the city via Delhi Gurgaon Expressway and Delhi Airport Metro Express line.

Venues

1. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi – Athletics, lawn bowls, weightlifting

2. Dhyan Chand National Stadium – Hockey

3. Indira Gandhi Arena – Archery, cycling, gymnastics, wrestling

4. Delhi University sports complex – Rugby sevens

5. Thyagaraj Stadium – Netball

6. Siri Fort Sports Complex – Badminton, Squash

7. Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range – Shooting

8. Talkatora Stadium – Boxing

9. SPM Swimming Pool Complex – Aquatics

10. RK Khanna Tennis Complex – Tennis

11. Yamuna Sports Complex – Table tennis

The opening and closing ceremonies, athletics, lawn bowls, and weightlifting will take place at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi, which will have a capacity of 75,000 spectators after renovation for the games.

Queen’s Baton relay

The Baton will reach Delhi on 3rd October 2010. The Baton was designed by Michael Foley. The Baton is a triangular in shape made up of Aluminum twisted in a helix shape and than coated with coloured with coloured soil s collected from all regions of India.And this is the first styling of a Queen’s Baton. A jewel encrusted box is used to keep the Queen’s message, which was laser-engraved onto a miniature 18 carat gold leaf – representative of the ancient Indian ‘patras. The Queen’s baton is ergonomically contoured for ease of use. It is 664 millimetres high, 34 millimetres wide at the base, and 86 millimetres wide at the top and weighs 1,900 grams.

Also The Queen’s baton has a number of technological features including:

1. The ability to capture images and sound

2. Global positioning system (GPS) technology so the baton’s location can be tracked

3. Embedded light emitting diodes (LEDs) which will change into the colours of a country’s flag whilst in  that country

4. A text messaging capability so that people can send messages of congratulations and encouragement to the Baton bearers throughout relay

I think thats enough for the time now😉 . So keep visitng my blog to get more updates on the biggest ever to happen in Delhi’s history.

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