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'Treat games as festival, paint houses'

Unable to change anything on their own, the government now wants Delhiites to loosen their purse strings to beautify the city. HT reports.

delhi Updated: Aug 25, 2010 02:16 IST
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Unable to change anything on their own, the government now wants Delhiites to loosen their purse strings to beautify the city.

The Delhi government has asked residents to paint their houses ahead of the 12-day sporting event beginning on October 3.

To urge people to take up this task on their own, they are asking people to treat the Games as a national festival.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi had also recently asked the owners of buildings falling on routes to be used by CWG teams and officials to facilitate facade improvement. It has asked residents to whitewash their buildings to make them look presentable.

Residents of Defence Colony, Lajpat Nagar, East of Kailash, Bhogal, Lodhi Colony, Kotla Mubarakpur, Karol Bagh and Chandni Chowk are among others who have been asked to initiate a makeover.

"A large number of visitors, players, spectators and officials will be visiting Delhi in October. To ensure the city glitters and looks attractive, due attention should be paid on cleaning, whitewashing and painting of houses and other visible buildings during the Games," Dr. A.K. Walia, Delhi Urban Development Minister, said.

"We all will be able to generate a tempo to make the Games a grand success by doing this. This will go a long way in projecting a better image of the city," he said.

He sought full support of residents to make the city "attractive" during the Games amid lakhs of visitors. People have also been told to approach authorities concerned to take action against people who deface public property.