Friday, October 24, 2008

Citizens too must throw in their lot for 2010 Games

Citizens too must throw in their lot for 2010 GamesThe government is spending $37.5 b into Delhi to make it ready for 2010 Commonwealth Games. But till the citizens put in their lot nothing will change. You can do so by deciding to become a conscientious citizen. The change must begin now..

THE OTHER day, Discovery Channel was showcasing a documentary on Beijing Olympics; the preparation was overwhelming. Beijing Olympics was a success and it didn’t happen in few days, weeks or months but it was continuous hard work of six to seven years. China was hoping to see more than a hundred thousand tourists during the event and to manage such a big number never seemed too easy. The Olympic committee expressed their concern regarding the air pollution, which was five times above World Health Organization standard for safety.

Nearly US$17 billion was spent to clean the air and Beijing implemented a number of air improvement schemes for the duration of the games. This included stopping work on all construction sites, closing many factories both in and around Beijing, closing some gas stations and cutting motor traffic by half. Two new subway lines were opened and thousands of old taxis and buses were replaced to encourage residents to use public transport. China added 3800 natural gas buses in Beijing, which is the largest fleet in the world.

I loved their passion for their country, everyone volunteered in their best possible way to make it a glory. From the local people to car drivers started learning different languages and retired officials took the ownership of guiding tourists on the road.

To address maximum people, schools started to teach children so the message can be sent to their parents as well. It was a heartfelt moment when engineers and labors working in the deepest tunnel said, “We are not working hard for Olympics but for China.” Very true, during Olympics people will travel to China from all over the world and there would be no better time to present modern and high-tech China which is not less than any other developed country.

If I start to compare the preparation between India and China, then I would sadly say there is yawning gap. I don’t want to find an escape route by saying that was Olympics and this is Commonwealth Games. In both the cases huge amount of bidding and planning are involved, as Olympics and Commonwealth committee take the country’s infrastructure and readiness very seriously. Below is the reality check for all of us, including me.

Most of the people driving in Delhi have no civic sense; they would overtake your car from any side, change lanes frequently and to make it worse, drive with full high beam during night hours. I wonder when the government would initiate action against such insanity and when would people learn to follow the traffic rules!

Do not switch on high beam during night hours, it turns people completely blind and jeopardize their lives. I have been driving on Delhi roads for quite sometime now, but the pain and agony while driving on the bumpy road is relentless.

Before accelerating I literally plan the route to avoid uneven road. Just think what a heavy cost I would pay for driving in Delhi and NCR roads if car servicing falls under monthly tasks list. Every month a chunk of money goes out from my salary as tax to the government but, what do I get in return? Power cuts! Roads from hell! Useless drainage system falling apart in rainy days!

Staying in Gurgaon, one can imagine the worse when it comes to infrastructure. Gurgaon is a corporate hub where all the multinational companies are strengthening their roots. This is where property rates are at its peak for designer villas and apartments. Haryana government claims Gurgaon to be another “Singapore” but I wonder if they have ever thought of the basic needs to a well maintained city! All the lavish villas and apartments have to pay a huge amount for power back up and it is a reality check for a resident to step out on the road, where half constructed roads, water logging and traffic jam await.

Thankfully, the metro work is going fast; it has covered all the major parts in Delhi and NCR. In the process, roads in Delhi have taken a good thrashing by rain with huge construction trucks and daily traffic grilling on it.

However, it doesn’t excite me any bit if new flyovers, metro connectivity and a few natural gas vehicles are added to present India to the world in Commonwealth Games, 2010. On the contrary China did a fabulous job in improving overall infrastructure for Beijing Olympics, 2008, it was a complete facelift.

I read an article somewhere; the Indian government is pouring an estimated $37.5 billion into the city for it to be ready in time for the 2010 games. I pray to god, the amount such as this reaches to the right people through the right channel; otherwise we will be caught napping and bring shame to our country. We have exactly 24 months to go for Commonwealth Games and I hope we would make our country proud. Let’s come together and contribute in shaping up our ever loving city, Delhi, at our own level.

I am changing myself from today, saying no to littering, spitting and leaking in the open. I promise to follow the traffic rules religiously. I am prepared to contribute my part to the development of this country. Are you with me? May I expect the same from you, my fellow citizens?

Successful staging of 2010 Commonwealth Games crucial for winning Olympic

Successful staging of 2010 Commonwealth Games crucial for winning Olympic Successful staging of 2010 Commonwealth Games crucial for winning Olympic

The International Olympics Committee President, Mr. Jacques Rogge has said that if India conducts the 2010 Commonwealth Games at Delhi successfully, it would be a major step in winning the bid for Olympics in future. Addressing a press conference in the Chattrapati Shivaji Games Village at Balewadi in Pune this evening, the IOC president praised the infrastructure facilities for the Commonwealth Youth Games 2008 and said that staging Olympics would involve a difference of scale, which needed to be taken into consideration. Mr. Rogge also clarified that cricket won’t be a part of 2016 Olympics and said that International Cricket Council (ICC) needed to be a member of IOC to consider allowing cricket in the Olympics.

Speaking at the same press conference, Indian Olympics Association President Mr. Suresh Kalmadi said “the Indian youth was charged up after winning the first ever individual Gold at the Beijing Olympics and the results at the CYG’08 were there for all to see as India was leading the medal tally with performances across the board.” He said the country had launched the National Club Games aimed at broad-basing the sports in the country by spotting and nurturing the talent from the village level upwards. He said the National Club Games would involve training nearly 80,000 sportspersons and there was no lack of funds for sports.

Mr. Kalmadi also said the winners at the CYG’08 would be trained by foreign coaches for improving country’s performance at the London Olympics in 2012.

Mosquitoes can play spoilsport for Commonwealth Games

Mosquitoes can play spoilsport for Commonwealth GamesWhat about an advisory on vaccination for dengue going along with promos for the 2010 Commonwealth Games This may be a reality if the current state of 'cleanliness' continues, say health workers.

As it prepares to host the 2010 sporting extravaganza, mosquitoes have shown great potential to play spoilsport with latest health reports showing an increase in the number of dengue cases every passing year.

There have been 723 cases reported in the city with the figures showing a steady upward climb and officials trading the blame over responsibility of garbage disposal and maintenance of clean surroundings.

"We are trying hard for timely completion of all the Commonwealth Games projects taken by MCD. Among other issues, improving sanitation levels, social waste management system and improving garbage disposal are of priorities," says K S Mehra, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

While citizens feel there is a "sure dearth" of facilities in the national capital, authorities say participation and cooperation is required from the people in maintaining filth-free surroundings.
"We want an equal participation and cooperation from the people as well. Our counselors interact with people in public places for instance during morning walks, and other places too to make them aware of the prevailing condition," says Mehra.

In May, Delhi government had accelerated an awareness drive in which television, radio; newspapers and other mediums were used to disseminate information to ensure cleanliness in public places, roadsides and households.

Accumulation of garbage and filth is compounded by apathy of citizens who do not use the waste bins provided to dispose off waste and simply throw it wherever they feel, say officials. "By and large, we do not take personal pride in keeping the city clean. Apart from that, there is no systematic approach for garbage collection and its dumping. It might be in some areas of Delhi, but people hardly are aware of it. In general, it is lacking," says Dr S K Dham, a senior doctor at Umkal healthcare, Gurgaon, a suburb in the national capital region.

Dengue cases are found to be maximum during the months of September and October, according to available reports. "In 2006, dengue was more like an epidemic. Last year, the cases were fewer. This year, the cases are fewer as compared to 2006 but are more than 2007," says Dr Bir Singh, a senior doctor at AIIMS.

Singh points out that the density of mosquitoes this year is greater compared to last year because they had environmental conditions that were quite favorable for breeding this year thus influencing the extremity of dengue this season.

"The cases might continue to rise for another two weeks, but after that around the Deewali season, they are expected to decline," Singh says.

According to a seven-country survey by the Hygiene Council, a global initiative aimed at bringing together experts in microbiology, virology, infectious diseases, immunology and public health, Indian homes are the dirtiest in the world.

The cleanest are found in Saudi Arabia, said the Council, and headed by Dr John Oxford, virology professor at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. The survey was conducted in UK, US, Germany, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and India.

"Proactive actions should be taken by all of us. The civic facilities and public awareness are the need of the hour. Water and garbage collection along the roadside, lack of proper sewage system, all these factors constitute to unhealthy conditions in the city resulting to diseases like dengue," Singh says.

Authorities to help eateries improve hygiene

Authorities to help eateries improve hygiene Keeping the 2010 Commonwealth Games in mind, the Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSA) has decided to identify nearly 1,000 eateries in Delhi who would be assisted to improve their levels of hygiene and certify them using a particular logo.

Standards of safety and hygiene would be developed and training undertaken through professional agencies, the authority decided at a meeting held on September 30. Nearly 1,000 small and medium eating establishments in different parts of Delhi would be assisted to improve their levels of hygiene and safety to specified criteria, an official of the FSSA said.

The identified and successful establishments would then be audited and certified to be of the required standards. They would also be given a suitable symbol and monitored periodically.

"It is proposed to bring out a directory of safe eating establishments to be distributed among visitors to Delhi," an official said.

The directive is in line with the Government's policy of providing safe and healthy living and eating establishments to participants of the Commonwealth Games.
The Delhi Government has also come out with a bread and breakfast scheme for visitors during the Commonwealth Games.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Face Lift for the Areas around the Games Venues

Face Lift for the Areas around the Games Venues Face Lift for the Areas around the Games Venues of 2010 Commonwealth Games

There are many face-lifting and upgradation plans for the areas which lie in the radius of two kilometers from all of 2010 Commonwealth Games Venues like installation of phone booths , information kiosks and touch screens for the tourists visiting the capital on the occasion of commonwealth games . These facilities will help them in guiding and informational purposes and will enhance their experience of the country.

The capital is expecting millions of foreign visitors along with hoards of domestic visitors during commonwealth games in 2010. Keeping the same in mind the government is planning to beautify all the 12 venues of the games, which can screen a positive effect on the visitors. Touch-screens, information kiosks, food stalls and public conveniences such as phone booths, help desks and benches to rest will come up in the area.

Besides this, rainwater harvesting and planting of trees will also be done, along with putting up benches and energy saving street-lights.

The responsibility of developing roads around the stadium has been given to different agencies such as Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

The agencies are doing there work well, in addition to this New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has appointed two consultants and floated a tender for its two venues Sardar Patel Marg Swimming Complex and Talkatora Stadium. Meanwhile Public Works Department (PWD) has selected consultants for Yamuna Sports Stadium and IG Stadium

The PWD will be selecting consultants for the remaining eight venues as well. Once the consultants are appointed and submit the blueprint, the firms will be selected on the basis of tenders to execute the work on the BOT (Built Operate and Transfer) basis.

To ensure that the beautification around the Games venues is synchronized and adheres to its specification, Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee will be kept in loop and coordinate with MCD, DDA and the NDMC.

The Committee will also facilitate efficient crowd movement and management around the venues. Some of the events included in the 2010 Commonwealth Games are aquatics, gymnastics, rugby, athletics, bowling table tennis, boxing, cycling, hockey, badminton, shooting, squash, netball, and weightlifting.

Prasar Bharati bagged Rs.415 Crores for Commonwealth Games coverage

Prasar Bharati bagged Rs.415 CroresThe state-owned broadcaster Prasar Bharati (which runs the Doordarshan TV channel and All India Radio, and is the host broadcaster for the games) has got a sanction of Rupees 415 Crores from the government for the coverage of 2010 Commonwealth. Fifty percent of this will be a grant and the rest be a loan. This news was announced by the Finance Minister P. Chidambaram after a meeting of the cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA) presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The minister further added “The broadcast rights will be auctioned and there will be a revenue stream but we can’t say with certainty whether it will be possible to recover the loan”.” We’ll see how to deal with that as we go along,” Chidambaram said.

PM asks for a Presentation on Commonwealth Games

Hiring New Engineers to Meet Games Project Deadlines

Hiring New Engineers to Meet Games Project Deadlines

Hiring New Engineers to Meet Games Project DeadlinesWith exactly two years to go before the Commonwealth Games commences in the national capital, and expenditure on civic infrastructure pegged at Rs 65,000 crores to be put in place by 2010, the Delhi Government has now sent a proposal to the Urban Development Ministry to allow hiring of engineers on a fast track.

The government is looking at creating a separate cadre of engineers as a result of a severe “shortage of engineers” in the PWD. Senior government officials said the separate cadre will be much like the separate health cadre that the Delhi Government created to fill vacancies for doctors in government-run hospitals. “Recruitment will be through the UPSC,” said a senior official.

Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta said, “Right now our engineers are those repatriated from CPWD — firstly the numbers are not enough and secondly, the transfers take time. We want a State PWD created to ensure that there are no hitches in carrying out the projects. Right now the shortage, even at a senior level, is such that engineers are reluctant to take on new projects, citing that they are overworked. We want to carry out all recruitments for a state PWD with no repatriation from the Centre.”

The Chief Secretary added that the requirement for engineers is dire keeping in mind that infrastructure development will be put into high gear early next year onwards to finish projects in time for the Games. According to senior officials, Delhi presently needs three additional chief engineers, six superintending engineers and approximately 100 junior engineers in the PWD alone to carry out and complete slotted projects for the Commonwealth Games.

Over the next two years, Delhi will be building 26 flyovers, bridges, railway over bridges and under bridges (between the PWD and the MCD), work on only 16 of which has begun.

Besides these, flyovers and bridges that will provide connectivity to the Games Village and venues include: ITO Chungi, connecting the Games Village to the IGI Stadium, Velodrome and Chhatrasal Stadium (to be completed by June ’09), Airport corridor— Aruna Asaf Ali Marg or Africa Avenue, BJ Marg or RTR Marg and Nelson Mandela or Vivekananda Marg to connect the Games Village to the airport (to be completed by June ’09), among others.

PM asks for a Presentation on Commonwealth Games

Presentation on Commonwealth GamesPM asks Sports Minister to give presentation on Common wealth Games

In an effort to fine-tune measures for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today directed the Sports Minister to give a detailed presentation on the preparations for it.

Keen on ensuring that the mega-event went off well, the Prime Minister asked Sports Minister M S Gill to give a detailed presentation on the infrastructure before the Cabinet, Information and Broadcasting Minister P R Dasmunsi told reporters.

Commonwealth Games - Acute Accommodation Shortage in Delhi

Gurgaon dressing up for the 2010 Games

Gurgaon dressing up for the 2010 Games

Gurgaon dressing up for the 2010 GamesIf nothing else, the 2010 Commonwealth Games would take care of the hapless traffic situation in the IT city. If all goes as per plan, wide and beautified roads, Metro connectivity, an extended expressway, and efficient public transport would welcome visitors to the city, which would host shooting events at the upcoming range near at the CRPF camp near Badshahpur village.

The state government, officials said, has already allotted Rs 770 crores to develop infrastructure, and a major part of it is slated to be spent on connectivity and traffic solutions. “An approach road will be required to connect the shooting range to Badshahpur-Kharagpur road.

We are completing land acquisition formalities for that,” said Madhu Pradeep, senior town planner of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).


According to officials, work has begun on the northern and southern peripheral roads to decongest traffic on NH-8. The 17-km northern periphery road, beginning from Gadhi Harsaru, will connect Gurgaon to Dwarka; the 14-km southern periphery road will start from Badshahpur. “The northern periphery road will also cover the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) proposed by Reliance,” HUDA Administrator G Anupama said.

The eight-lane roads would also have 30 metres of green belt and two service lanes on each side. Once the project is completed, traffic bound for Dwarka and IGI Airport from Gurgaon and Jaipur would have the option of skipping NH-8 and avoid congestion.

HUDA is also coordinating work with other stakeholders for the projects, Anupama said. “Recently, we met officials from the Gurgaon Industries Association,” she said. We invited their member companies to partner HUDA in beautification of all green belts along the roads and city parks.”

She said the civic body had engaged services of a multinational consultancy to prepare a “traffic management plan” that would recommend the size of roads and number of flyovers, underpasses and crossings required for the city. “The agency would suggest a model for Gurgaon’s Mass Rapid Transit System as well,” Anupama said.


According to the state government, the 14.5-km Metro line between Qutub Minar and Sushant Lok, linking Gurgaon to the Capital, would begin operation by January 2010, before the Games get underway. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials said the stretch would link 10 stations, five each in Delhi and Gurgaon: these include Garden Estate, Sikandarpur, DT City Centre, IFFCO Chowk and Sushant Lok in Gurgaon.

After Qutub Minar, the elevated Metro line would go underground, DMRC officials said. The line would also provide a direct link to Connaught Place and Delhi University, and is estimated to benefit more than 1 lakh commuters.


According to Gurgaon Administrator G Anupama, four bus depots and a 20-acre inter-state bus terminus will soon be built at Panchgaon in Gurgaon. This aside,72 bus shelters will be constructed in the city, state government officials said.

The administration has also proposed setting up seven multi-level parking lots before the Games to make up for the lack of parking space in the city. These parking lots are proposed near the mini secretariat, and in Sectors 10, 43, 47, 48, 52, and the City Centre — all areas that get chock-a-block during rush hour.

“‘We have already floated tenders to construct two parking lots,” Anupama said. “For the other five, tenders will be invited in the first week of October.”

She said these lots would be built on one-and-half-acres each, and each will have a capacity to park more than 1,000 vehicles. “Thousands would visit Gurgaon for the Commonwealth Games and we need to live up to the expectations of the residents as well as the visitors,” Anupama said.

On a bright note, she added that state authorities have issued special instructions to HUDA to complete all major infrastructure projects in time for the Games.

Acute Accommodation shortage in Delhi for Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games - Acute Accommodation Shortage in Delhi

Commonwealth Games - Acute Accommodation Shortage in DelhiAcute Accommodation Shortage in Delhi to house foreign tourists during Commonwealth Games 2010

The National Capital's bid to match Beijing in the 2010 Commonwealth Games will prove to be a tough task as the city will struggle to meet the requirement of 18,000 hotel rooms to host foreign tourist.

"The Commonwealth Games in 2010 is expected to attract 50,000 foreign visitors to Delhi .Approximately 30,000 rooms will be required to accommodate these visitors," global hotel investment service firm Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels (JLLH) said in its latest report.

The National Capital Region, currently, has about 10,500 rooms and an additional 15,000 to 18,000 rooms are required to take care of the foreign tourist inflow during the event, it added.

The report, however, said only 7,400 rooms are coming up in the NCR between 2008 and 2010.

"This potential demand-supply gap presents huge untapped opportunity for potential investors in the industry," the study pointed out.

The consultant found that about 55 per cent of the total room inventory in the pipeline would open in Gurgaon.

"There are about 4,087 rooms in the pipeline in Gurgaon which will make it an alternative to Delhi's existing commercial districts," it added.

With emergence of specialty hospitals, like Apollo, Fortis, Artemis and Wockhardt, medical tourism is expected to get a boost, further strengthening the demand for hotel rooms.

Currently, NCR has 62 government-approved hotels with a total of 7,781 rooms.

Besides, occupancy rate in the NCR is expected to remain at 75 per cent in the next five years with ADR (average room rates) at Rs 17,000, the report pointed out.

The consultant, however, said growth in ADR may moderate slightly in 2008 and 2009 due to anticipated entry of over 3,400 new rooms, mainly in Noida and Gurgaon.

According to Airport Authority of India data, IGI Airport had witnessed a 15.4 per cent growth at 6.7 million international passengers during 20006-07, the report said.

"This growth in inbound foreign travelers is expected to continue into 2007-08 as indicated by the 11 per cent year-on-year growth in international passenger arrivals to 4.5 million for the April to November 2007 period," it added.

JLLH said that of all the foreign tourists coming to India, 35-40 per cent make Delhi their first port of call, with 62 per cent of these being business travelers.

The domestic passenger traffic has also grown by 31.7 per cent to 10.5 million during 2006-07 and a similar trend is expected during 2007-08.

I have posted a similar issue earlier with topic Hotel owners Alleged, Delhi not prepared for Games , have a look at it for gaining more insight of the real problem.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Power Arrangement Plans for Commonwealth Games 2010

Providing uninterrupted power supply for a mega event like upcoming Commonwealth Games 2010 may seem like a daunting task, but Delhi Transco Limited (DTL), IGPCL and PPCL are all set to meet the challenge.

According to estimated about 7000 MW of power will be required during that period.We have arranged for more than 1000 MW of power which puts us in a comfortable position Assures Rajendra Kumar , Chairman and Managing director , Delhi Transco Limited and chairman Indraprastha power Generation company limited

New projects planned in Delhi to meet the power demand of Delhi during commonwealth games

1. Setting up of 1500 MW gas based combined cycle power project at Bawana by 2010.

2. Setting up of 1500 MW Aravali Super thermal power plant at Jhajjar, Haryana as a joint venture with NTPC Limited GNCTD and HPGCL with equity contribution in the ratio of 50:25:25.The power will be shared equally between Delhi and Haryana and project is to be commissioned by 2010

3. Setting up of 750 MW gas based station at Bamnauli by October 2011

4. 90 MW project is to be commissioned by NDPL

new power plants for 2010 commonwealth games