Thursday, June 24, 2010

Public Holiday on Games Closing Ceremony

Babus are set to get one more holiday this year the day the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games is held in October this year.

All central and Delhi government offices are likely to be closed on that day. The Union Cabinet on Thursday is expected to take a call on the proposal for declaring October 14 the day of the closing ceremony as a public holiday using Negotiable Instruments Act.

The capital’s residents, however, will miss a holiday as the opening ceremony, scheduled for October 3, is a Sunday.

The city government has already advised schools and colleges in the capital to remain closed during the duration of the Games. As the final countdown for the Games begins, the organizers including the city government and the Delhi Police, worried about the traffic chaos on Delhi’s streets on normal working days, have been pushing for a holiday on the closing day to facilitate crowd and traffic management.

The Organizing Committee has been pushing for a holiday arguing that the mega event deserved to be enshrined in public memory.