After days of traffic restrictions, police verifications and thin grocery supplies, Sunday was a big day for the residents of Pragati Vihar as well.
The pulse of the grand Commonwealth Games opening ceremony was felt across the residential colony spread over close to 800 houses.
“We have been outside the house watching fireworks from the colony complex. It looks beautiful,” said Urvashi Mehta, a 17-year-old local resident.
The residents were, however, not able to witness the fanfare and the aerostat balloon from their rooftops.
“Due to security concerns we have locked all entrances to the rooftops but the residents gathered outside to see the spectacle,” SJ Parmar, security convener, Pragati Vihar Residents Welfare Association, said.
On Sunday, the colony was completely locked down and all roads leading to it were barricaded and heavily guarded.
Only residents with special transit passes for their vehicles were allowed to move. Many residents have also gone out of the city for a vacation.
“All these restrictions have been a headache. I will be out of the city the day the Games start,” an irate citizen, who did not want to be named, said.
Those walking around the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium were also questioned.
Traffic restrictions in areas around the stadium have been in place since September 27. Other areas like Lodhi Colony Complex, Defence Colony and CGO Complex have been under security checks as well. These restrictions will be in place till October 17.
“The biggest problem is that we can’t get fresh vegetables. All vendors have been removed,” Anindita Mukherjee, a 34-year-old resident of A Block, said.
“In many states, such as Gujarat, when traffic restrictions are declared, the government sends vans with daily use items such as vegetables, milk, bread and poultry to neighbourhoods. A similar effort should be made by the government so that the public is not inconvenienced,” Parmar said.
Despite the problems they have been facing due to restrictions, the stadium, which is adjacent to many colonies, has been a source of joy for the last few weeks.
“We take long night strolls around the stadium as it looks so beautiful when lit up. A lot of people gather here at night just to take a look,” BS Vahi, a resident of the Lodhi Colony Complex, said.