On Thursday, while some Delhiites will have the time of their lives watching the biggest sporting event the country has ever hosted, the rest will be confined to their homes.
All markets, government offices, local shopping centres and grocery shops will remain shut on October 14, the day the Commonwealth Games end.
Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna has declared October 14 as a public holiday under which all shops and commercial establishments will be closed.
The city is set to resemble a fortress with the Delhi Traffic Police planning to seal off most of the roads, including the arterial ones.
However, a number of private companies will be operational for the day and are likely to face a tough time driving around the city during the peak hours.
All the major markets, including Connaught Place, Khan Market, Lajpat Nagar, Chandni Chowk, Greater Kailash I and II, Karol Bagh, Defence Colony and South Extension, will be shut for the day.
Though restaurants, malls and cinema halls will be open on Thursday, traders in the city say there is confusion regarding closing them too.
“Even if markets are shut, restaurants and cinema halls are supposed to remain open. But in many markets, such as Khan Market, traders have been asked to shut down the restaurants too,” says Atul Bhargava, president of New Delhi Traders' Association.
The retail business is going to be hit once again as all the markets will be shut.
During the opening ceremony, retailers had claimed that they had suffered a loss of R350 crore in one day.
As all the major markets were shut, there was hardly anybody on the streets.