The Prime Minister has asked them to treat it like a festival and Delhi government has appealed for sprucing up their houses, but are Delhiites enthusiastic about the Commonwealth Games?
A word with the 'aam aadmi' on the street and blog posts and comments on social networking sites indicate that
citizens of the national capital are yet to get into the celebration mode for the sporting spectacle as most are peeved
at allegations of corruption and mismanagement related to it.
Social networking sites facebook is full of comments on the stories of corruption in the Games' preparations, with
many wondering if a country like India can afford the massive spending for the mega event.
"Successful conduct of the Games is not the issue, we are more concerned about the dirt that this event has managed to
kick up, how many decades will it take us to clean this dirt?" a netizen commented in a news website.
Many Delhiites are also concerned about whether the Games projects will be completed in time.
"We are yet to get enthused about the actual Games as we are more bothered about whether the city will be prepared to
host the event. There is chaos and confusion all around.
Everybody is worried whether all works will be over before the Games," Tilottama Gupta, a media professional, said.
For Mahinder, an autorickshaw driver, the preparations for the Games mean traffic jams and a complete mess on the
"See, all the roads are dug-up. You cannot even approach Connaught Place (where renovation work is still on). Who knows
what will be the situation during the Games," he said with a shrug.
A post by a woman netizen on an article on the Games reads: Two years ago we all thought that the CWG will do
wonders for our country and will lift its image in the world's eyes, but I am afraid the opposite is going to happen.
Some even link the Games with the rising prices and fear that after the event is over, citizens will be burdened more with inflation.
"The Games have led to increase in prices," says a housewife from Jal Vihar while a comment on a website on the
same topic says, "After the game gets over, the government will certainly increase the prices of petrol and other
household commodity prices to recover the money lost."