After travelling 1,70,000 km abroad and 20,000 km in India, the Queen's Baton will finally enter Delhi through Haryana on Thursday.
The Baton relay in Delhi will not be a traffic-stopping procession as it has been elsewhere. It will merely travel on an open carrier flanked by two security cars from one halt to another.
“There will not be any marches or contingent as such. We have just kept photo opportunities at various places,” said Lt. Gen. (Retd.) S.P.S. Dhillon, joint director general of the Organising Committee who is in charge of the Baton relay in Delhi.
From Haryana border, the baton will travel straight to the OC headquarters on Jai Singh Road near Jantar Mantar, where it will be kept the whole day.
Its Delhi tour will start at 7 a.m. on Friday with a half-hour halt at Vijay Chowk in between the Rashtrapati Bhawan and Parliament.
During the three-day tour of Delhi before it enters the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium on the Opening Ceremony on Sunday, the baton will get a good look at how Delhi worships through various religions because the Games organisers have packed the Baton’s itinerary with temples, a church, a Gurdwara and a mosque.
Lotus Temple, Gurudwara Rakab Ganj, Sacred Heart Cathedral, the Akshardham temple and Jama Masjid will host the baton 15 to 20 minutes in each halt.
That apart, Delhiites will also get a glimpse of the Baton at India Gate, Rajghat and Qutub Minar. It enters the Games Village on Saturday morning.
Unlike in other parts of the world, the Baton will not be using any public transport for a symbolic people-connect. “We are taking the Baton to places thronged by people. That will establish the required people connect,” he said.