Cricket on Wednes-day seemed to have changed the way the Capital and its residents function. Hindustan Times brings you a picture from ground zero.
The city, which is normally bursting at the seams, looked like a lonely planet with most streets wearing a deserted look. While busy routes such as the Defence Colony flyover saw traffic flow at its usual, others such as Rajpath and Parliament Street remained mostly vacant. Most Delhiites spent the day in front of TV screens.
All play, little work
The Secretariat wore an almost deserted look due to a very thin presence of staff members even before a half-day holiday was declared on account of the match. Corporate houses had also put up giant screens for their staff to enjoy the match. Sources said officials working at the government’s off-location departments were luckiest, as they were intimated about the half day even before they reached office. “Most of our 272 councillors were absent and even the field staff were missing,” said an MCD official.
Drop in crime rate; frenzy at police HQ
As most workplaces became centres of cricket frenzy, the Delhi Police Headquarters was no different. Scores of spectators, including police officers and mediapersons, thronged the Media Centre on Wednesday afternoon. “The crime rate too dipped compared to other weekdays. It seems even the criminals have decided to be a bit more considerate and put up their feet today,” joked a junior police officer. Sources said the match also stopped police commissioner BK Gupta, from reaching office on time, though slightly.
The Delhi Metro ridership figures came down by more than 1.5 lakh on Wednesday. While last Wednesday the ridership was 12.91 lakh, on the day of the match it was 11.35 lakh, a difference of 12%.
And with India winning the match, the carnival-like day came to a perfect end.