A successful opening ceremony seems to have evoked sudden interest among people in the ongoing Commonwealth Games.
The queues outside several branches of Central Bank of India — the only bank selling tickets of all the sporting events and the closing ceremony — are getting longer and the official website of the Commonwealth Games is getting more visitors.
“Udghatan samaroh dekha bahut achchha laga ab samapan samaroh dekhna hai (Enjoyed the opening ceremony event, want to see the closing ceremony too),” said 39-year-old Radhey Shyam Singh, a daily wage worker, waiting for his turn at the Parliament Street branch of the Central Bank.
According to bank officials, the number of people queuing up to buy tickets has seen sudden rise only after the opening ceremony. “We started selling tickets in June but the response was lukewarm. Suddenly there is a huge demand. We are selling at least 5,000 tickets every day now,” said a senior official at the Parliament Street branch.
It is taking two-three hours for anyone to buy tickets. “My entire day has been wasted. There are long queues and absolutely no one to help.
There is just one person distributing tickets while more than 60 persons are waiting for their turn,” said Sanjay Malhotra, a Ministry of Defence employee, who had come to buy tickets for track and field events.
The situation was no better at 19 other branches of the bank across the city. With improved response to the sporting events the Organising Committee has opened 49 counters at 12 Games venues.