‘Put up signs to guide visitors to Nehru stadium’
Delhi Metro helped spectators reach Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to watch the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games without getting stuck in traffic mess.delhi Updated: Oct 06, 2010 00:50 IST
Delhi Metro helped spectators reach Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to watch the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games without getting stuck in traffic mess.
But lack of information and signages at the metro stations forced them to walk long distances to reach the respective gates to enter the venue.
Concerned about the problems the spectators faced, the Delhi government has asked Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Public Works Department (PWD) to install more signages and direction boards at the metro stations and roads leading to the stadium from the stations to help people alight at the right station and take the shortest route to reach the stadium.
Senior Delhi Government officials said DMRC has also been told to make frequent announcements in the trains and the stations to guide the spectators on which station to get down to reach the stadium, especially on October 14 when people will come to watch the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony.
Senior Delhi government officials say, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium has 22 entry and exit gates to facilitate spectators to reach their respective sections.
While Delhi Metro made arrangements for spectators at its three stations, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Jor Bagh and Jangpura, located near the stadium to facilitate commuters, there was no information as to which station one should get off to reach the gate they were to enter the venue from.
“There was a lot of confusion. Those who should have got down at the JLN Stadium station got off at Jor Bagh or Jangpura and walked long distances. We have asked the PWD and DMRC to put up signages before the closing ceremony,” Delhi chief secretary Rakesh Mehta said.
Delhi Government has also asked the PWD to pave a kutcha road leading to gate no. 14 from Jangpura metro station.
“There were certain complaints from spectators who walked along the Barapullah drain to reach the stadium that the drain smelled. We have asked the MCD to put a powder in the drain that increases oxygen level in drainwater and foul smell reduces,” a Delhi government official said.