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Games Village becomes amusement park for kin

Guess who has been making the most of the opportunity to visit the Commonwealth Games village?

delhi Updated: Oct 14, 2010 01:20 IST
Vijaita Singh

Guess who has been making the most of the opportunity to visit the Commonwealth Games village?

It’s the family members and relatives of the Delhi Police, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Indian Army personnel posted there.

And with the Games drawing to a close on Thursday, the demand for a whiz around the village has only gone up. The visitors are being issued temporary management passes to enter the village.

Apart from guests of delegates and athletes, the International Zone of the village is also frequented by children and women.

There is a limited quota available daily, when outsiders can visit the village. They need to have an accreditation card, issued a day prior to their visit.

“There are lots of requests from families of policemen and DDA officials to issue accreditation cards,” said a workforce member at the village. “The request comes a day prior; the police then verify their antecedents, following which, the card is issued,” he added.

On Wednesday, the last day when it was open to the public, several policemen and Indian Army officials were seen bringing along their family members for a round of the Games Village.

While those who gain entry are considered privileged, there are several others who crowd outside its gates to find out what’s happening inside.

“I have heard a lot about the Village for all the wrong and right reasons. So I came here with my family,” said Siddhant Jain, a resident of Laxmi Nagar in east Delhi. “Unfortunately, we cannot go inside. From the periphery, though, it looks swanky,” he added.

Scores of children and visitors were seen taking pictures of Shera, the Commonwealth Games mascot, at the Village’s entrance gates.

“We can keep this as a memento of the day we visited the Games village. I will post it on my social networking account, so that all my friends can see it,” said Aditya Singh, a Class X student.