manish wrote:Singha wrote: better babes too.
Best in the country amongst all major cities. No contest there.
I would wager Mumbai girls are better. They are softer, lack the masculine edge that delhi girls have.
manish wrote:Singha wrote: better babes too.
Best in the country amongst all major cities. No contest there.
NEW DELHI: All the venues may still not be ready but the organising committee (OC) is gearing up to sell tickets for the Commonwealth Games from June 1. The cheapest ticket will be priced at Rs 50.
"Around 1.7 million tickets will be sold for the Games starting from October 3. These tickets be initially available only from a dedicated call centre, the Commonwealth Games 2010 website and a few select outlets," OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi told TOI on Thursday.
However, the OC is also planning to make the tickets available in more than 50 outlets of Central Bank and Hero Honda within 10-15 days of the launch of ticket sale.
For those hoping to catch the action live at the stadia, the low pricing of tickets is an added incentive.
"These tickets will be available till the start of each event," Kalmadi said.
OC officials refused to reveal the different price slabs for the remaining tickets. However, sources said they would be available in four slabs, with options for group bookings. The ticket prices would also be different for the various sporting events, with the opening and closing ceremonies at a separate price slab altogether.
OC sources said the maximum demand is expected to be for the opening and closing ceremonies, billed as a cultural extravaganza. Both ceremonies will take place at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, which has a seating capacity of 64,000 spectators.
Kalmadi admitted that the OC was trying to ensure that tickets in the lower price range would be easily available, as demand was expected in this category. "Availability will be the prime concern, as we expect demand to go up once the Queen's Baton Relay goes through the country, and more people get to know about the Commonwealth Games," added Kalmadi.
Ticket sales, though, are primarily expected to be through the call centre set up specifically for the purpose. The tickets bought online by spectators would be changed to physical tickets at the venue before the event.
At present, the OC is expecting around 1 lakh international tourists. The number of domestic tourists is expected to also go up in October for the Commonwealth Games, say OC officials.
Construction delays have raised fears that Commonwealth Games venues may not be fully ready in time providing a potential embarrassment for India which hopes the Games will showcase its rising economic power.
However, with 132 days to go, the main stadium is months overdue and completion of the swimming pool and other venues has been delayed, highlighting the slow pace of India's infrastructure development.
"I am not wanting to sound alarmist, but the reality is there is a lot more to be done, a lot of finishing work to be done," Mike Hooper, chief executive officer of the Commonwealth Games Federation, told Reuters in an interviewIndia had initially promised to hand over the venues to Games organisers by Dec. 31, 2009.
Targets have been consistently missed for building roads, ports and power plants. Bureaucracy and red tape and difficulties in acquiring land have delayed plans to overhaul infrastructure to sustain 8-9 percent economic growth by 2012.
What sort of masculine edge do delhi girls have?????
Overactive sweat glands?
A dream gone horribly sour
Almost a decade ago Delhi first started dreaming of state-of-the-art infrastructure development, one that would, on completion, make it a millennium city. A drive down the Delhi-Jaipur highway back then provided enough evidence of work on the National Capital Region having begun in full earnest, vast tracts of land rapidly acquired to pave way for what is now indeed a world-class expressway. In pursuit of that dream, India bid for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in 2003, a laudable attempt to showcase Delhi, and the country, to the world. After all, India was one of the fastest growing economies of the world and it was time for the international community to taste this new age reality.
As with all such ambitious projects, naysayers promptly pounced on the Government: Why was so much wealth being set aside for sports at the cost of basic human rights like food, water, shelter and employment? Could India afford to spend billions on stadiums and race tracks when more than half its population could not access primary health and education? Questions were unending but the counter-argument was legitimate. An international event like the CWG (with 70-odd countries participating) would, in its wake, attract foreign tourists, travelers, and investments, and create employment opportunities, benefits that would eventually percolate to the common man on the street. There was indeed a lot to be said for international exposure.
Unfortunately, while the Games ambition was a noble one, the script of its implementation has gone horribly awry. For comparison, take China. By 2006, two years ahead of the Olympics, Beijing was Games ready, giving the city’s infrastructure ample time to get its efficiency tested, and corrected where the need arose. Games venues were ready in advance; civic agencies gradually got the city accustomed to world-class roads and public conveniences; the Metro network was done; and, Beijing had acquired one of the largest airports in the world. In short, far ahead of international exposure during the Games, Beijing was given time to crystallise the idea of a world city and then ensure its effective implementation. Today, long after its Olympics guests have left, the city has a 21st century infrastructure its citizens are truly proud of.
Contrast this with Delhi, less than three months short of an international event, where a three-hour rain on Monday brought its citizens to their knees and smashed its megacity dreams to smithereens. Till such time as the Delhi Government promised to transform the Capital into a world city by October 2010, people were willing to bear the inconvenience of rampant construction. However, what happened this manic Monday is simply unacceptable. Construction activity is one thing but it is quite another when what is being put in place is a shameless mockery of the city and its citizens, an appalling infrastructure that cannot survive a three-hour downpour, leave alone stand the test of time.
Monday dealt a seismic blow to Delhi’s dreams as realisation dawned how badly planned and implemented the Government’s so-called infrastructure building has been. The Delhi High Court was compelled to observe how, “Roads are symbols of the prowess of a nation but it seems like an oxymoron in the context of Delhi.” Indeed, newly paved roads caved in; underpasses got waterlogged; traffic signals, due to water seepage, went on the blink; cars went virtually underwater on their way up or down recently inaugurated flyovers; 11 people were electrocuted; trees, weakened by mindless pavement ‘beautification’, lay uprooted along arterial roads; the Metro ran late; traffic stood still for hours on Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s flagship enterprise, the BRT corridor, despite its Intelligent Signalling System; the false ceiling of a games venue, ready and inaugurated, came crashing down; and drains, clogged with construction debris, over-flew on to the streets.
By Tuesday, the Delhi Government’s apathy and unconcealed attempts by its various wings to brazen out the criticism was writ large: They were determined to play Passing the Buck. The Chief Minister blamed the ongoing construction activity by various civic agencies like the PWD, MCD, and the NDMC for Monday’s mess. (One would have thought these agencies had undertaken construction activity at the Chief Minister’s behest only after Delhi decided to dress up for the CWG?). But the game was to get more ludicrous. The MCD deflected the blame, rattling off another list of acronyms — PWD, DMRC, DJB, NDMC, DDA, DSIDC, NDPL and BSES. Mayor PR Sawhney’s astounding conclusion was that “After heavy downpour it is natural for water to take time to clear out.” The crowning gem of an explanation came from the city’s traffic police which said Delhiites are a bunch of unruly drivers whose “indiscipline” was to blame for Monday’s chaos. (Pray what else does a driver do when a road ahead caves in three feet than to get on to the wrong side and rescue his vehicle, and perhaps his life?)
An incensed High Court did articulate every Delhiite’s lament that evening, lambasting the Government for its “total insensitivity to the plight” of its citizens and pointing out how despite charging a very high road tax, it is unable to provide smooth roads. While the Chief Minister would ideally like to see fewer cars on the roads, the court rightly observed that “bumpy, uneven roads” are reducing the lifespan of vehicles. It also asked why the common man should expect to have good roads only before an international event.
Admittedly, the Delhi Government cannot be faulted for its desire to dream big. One is therefore willing to overlook the fact that the official estimate of the Games has gone up phenomenally — from Rs 1,899 crore in 2003 it is estimated to cross Rs 10,000 crore. What is infinitely annoying and patently unacceptable, however, is that the tax payer’s money is being pumped into an infrastructure whose quality is severely challenged and projects whose deadlines extend beyond October. Visible CWG-related activity started only a year ago leaving little time for dry runs — sample the roof collapse. Lesser time has obviously meant a frenetic pace that has compromised quality. Further, crores are being wasted on imbecile projects like “five-star” public toilets with cafés on top and flower shops adjacent to them! Will all this help Delhi realise its megacity dreams? Certainly not.
Yet, there is little doubt the city will get a face-saving whitewash for CWG 2010 — the Government must only hope and pray it does not rain. The abiding misery beyond the Games, however, is that Delhiites will have to live with that ubiquitous road-sign: Work in Progress.
ramana wrote:Looks like another opportunity was wasted by Delhi Administration. Compare this to the effort Rajiv Gandhi put in for the Asian games.
AdityaM wrote:Shiela has ruled for 12 years. how are ML Khurana and Sushma Swaraj to be blamed?
The sports and the urban infra facilities will be beefed up further as Delhi bids and hopefully wins Asian Games and then Olympics..
Stan_Savljevic wrote:Of course the cake should be taken by Suresh Kalmadi, who not only dissed Mani Shankar Aiyar when MSA questioned the accountability of IOA on the cost inflation,
Stan_Savljevic wrote: The case of Asiad 82 clearly shows an utter disregard for either planning an event of such magnitude, nor for utilization of resources in an efficient manner once the Games are completed. The CWG is a leech on India's economic capability and more so because it is Delhi that always benefits from such events, whether they be an AG bid or a CWG bid or an OG bid. Sorry, India is something more than just New Delhi. And anyone and everyone involved in this mammoth h&d exercise and has been a part of the bid process, its hyper-inflation, its cost to the Indian taxpayer needs to go to jail for embezzling, fraud, corruption, sedition, treachery, and for being anti-national numero uno. As the support for the CWG bid was bipartisan, the blame for culpability in this national crime should be bipartisan. There are no escape routes such as being out of power for the last gazillion years, all the frauds need to go to jail.
There is a grand plan to clean up the Indian capital for the Commonwealth Games - but it includes a very long list of who is to be banished from Delhi.It started with stray dogs, slum dwellers and pavement squatters, but has now included cows, donkeys, bulls, goats, rats, snakes and even elephants and camels that are hired for general festivities and fairs.
And the cost to the government - $65m.Delhi, a sprawling city of 16 million, is to host the Games from 3-14 October.
The Games will bring an estimated 10,000 athletes from 71 nations and territories to compete in 17 disciplines over 11 days.
In addition, there will be over 150,000 officials and an estimated 50,000 tourists.
JE Menon wrote:Any pictures of stadia or anything like that? Am totally out of the loop on this one... and just reading the articles leaves one down at heart...
http://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2010/06/pro ... pproaches/
Prostitution Booms as Commonwealth Approaches
Many workers in the brothels are, concerned about the bad state of roads which could possible turn away the tourists. “We have approached the MCD many times requesting them to remove the garbage on our roads and to improve conditions of the roads. That’s the least they can do for us. When all other localities are getting a face-lift, why not ours?” asks a brothel owner, who did not wish to be named
Now Delhi has to promote prostitution by cleaning their roads before rest of Delhi!!!!
As the pressure to complete Commonwealth Games projects is building up, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday issued a warning to contractors asking them to complete their respective projects within the 31 st August deadline failing which they will be blacklisted.
"Do not put us to shame. Your little carelessness will bring bad name to the entire nation," Dikshit said.
With little over two months left for the event, Dikshit has also been under attack as several key projects had missed several deadlines and most of the street-scapping projects are also running behind schedule.
Last week, Dikshit had ordered various agencies concerned to work "day and night" to finish works as soon as possible. During a pep talk with PWD engineers, she had also asked them to "rise to the occasion" and promised to reward them with one month's salary for completing the works on time.
Critical of the absence of any reference to “Islamic influence on Indian history,” in either the opening or closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games, the Group of Ministers has asked the Games organisers to provide a “true” representation of India’s inclusive culture by weaving this in.
It’s learnt that the issue was raised at a recent meeting of the GoM, where ministers previewed the ceremonies designed by international consultants under the guidance of filmmaker Shyam Benegal, lyricist Prasoon Joshi and Javed Akhtar.
The ministers argued that Islam was a very important aspect of Indian culture and must be showcased at a global platform like the Commonwealth Games.
Those present at the meeting were Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy, Tourism Minister Kumari Selja and Minister of State (Finance) Namo Narain Meena.
shravan wrote:Wanted: some ‘Islam’ in CWG ceremonies
abhischekcc wrote:Your description reminds me of a game I used to play - Caesar 3.
Ever done that? Or equivalent city planning game?
Photo gallery showing latest pictures of various venues including JN stadium.
Cables hanging out, loose tiles, water leakage makes me feel
Wonder what quality of work contractors are going to do with this time constraint looming..one can only smell poor quality of work with lots of corruption.
We get several calls daily from abroad and within India. People want to know if the stadiums are structurally safe or whether they pose a threat to lives,” said an official at the Central Vigilance Commission, which last week exposed substandard construction of stadiums and corruption in the bidding process.
“On Saturday, three people from Australia rang up very concerned — they have booked tickets for the event. All the callers are very excited. It’s so embarrassing,” the official said.
“Instead of an opportunity to showcase the best of India, the Games may become cause for a loss of face…. If there’s any mishap, our head will hang in shame in front of the world.”
Kalmadi today claimed AM was drafted in “at the last minute” at the recommendation of the Indian mission’s protocol official, Raju Sebastian, and furnished purported email correspondence from Sebastian as proof.
But Indian high commission officials in London said they would need to check if the mail was genuine and claimed that Sebastian, a lower-division clerk, was too junior to have been dealing with such a decision. They said AM Films was not on the mission’s list of approved vendors.
Philip wrote:There are several Q's reg. the CWG that need to be dissected.The main ones.
Instead of having all the venues in Delhi,it could've been spread across the country,so that the entire nation benefited from improved infrastructure for both sports and cities.For example,Madras could've hosted Tennis,Calcutta Football,Hyderabad Weightlifting,Bangalore Badminton,Chandigarh Shooting,Poona Rowing,Bombay-Yachting;you get the picture.How many cities across the country have for example,astro-turf for Hockey? How many have good indoor stadiums? Spread across the land,the Games would've been an "All-India" affair,not just another profligate example of the "Delhi Durbar"!
The bid document clearly states that the CWG should be held in an area with as small a geographical footprint as possible. This is because the Games Village needs to be close to the stadia and fields
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