The attractive opening ceremony has set the cash registers ringing at the ticket counters.
However, it’s not the Organising Committee (OC), but black marketeers who are making a small fortune out of the Commonwealth Games.
After a grand opening ceremony and brilliant performance by Indian athletes, tickets are being allegedly sold in black at a skyrocketing premium.
Black marketeers have allegedly targeted the closing ceremony and sports events like boxing, tennis, and swimming. The India-Pakistan hockey match on Sunday, one of the biggest crowd pullers, also tops their list.
For the closing ceremony, the cheapest ticket available costs R750. They are being sold for more than R1,250. Tickets for boxing matches, which originally cost R250, are being sold for R700 and more.
According to police, such ticket sellers are spotted outside the Jawaharlal Nehru and Talkatora stadiums.
The police said that there is no provision in law under which they can be booked. "We cannot stop people from reselling their tickets. Resale of Games tickets is not a criminal offence," a senior police officer said.
“As of now, we haven't got any complaints. But we are taking measures to tackle situations like black marketing,” Lalit Bhanot, spokesman for OC, said.