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Luxury fleet for Games delegates

delhi Updated: May 04, 2010 00:01 IST
Subhendu Ray

A fleet of over 1,500 vehicles will be on the Capital's roads during the Commonwealth Games in October. Of this more than 500 hi-tech cars will be exclusively for important dignitaries. Well-trained security personnel will escort their cars.

The transportation arrangement plan for the movement of VIPs, international delegates and members of athletes' families during the Games has finally been worked out.

The organising committee of the Commonwealth Games 2010 has made this plan in accordance with the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) regulations.

Lalit Bhanot, the secretary general of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, said, “The transportation requirements have been divided into two types — T1 and T2. The former being is for movement of one person while the latter is for more than one person.”

He said though the makes of vehicles to be used are yet to be decided, sources said some of the vehicles under the T2 category could be Ambassador cars as Delhi police are familiar with these cars and can handle security measures efficiently.

Besides, Mahindra Bolero, Toyota Qualis, Tata Sumo, Mahindra Scorpio cars and luxury AC buses and RTVs will also be used under the T2 category, says the report of the Commonwealth Games Evaluation Commission for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

“We will keep super luxury and some high profile state-of-the-art cars under the T1 category,” said Bhanot.

“Some of the vehicles will possibly be procured from the Tatas. We will finalise this by the end of this week,” said a senior OC official, wishing to remain anonymous.

The report said the Chef de Mission and general managers of the CGF teams might be provided with Corsa, Sonata and Ascent luxury cars.

Bhanot added: “We have requirements of 1,600 to 1,800 vehicles of which 500 odd vehicles will be under T1 category and with GPS and other security measures, while remaining vehicles will be kept under T2 category.”

VIPs including secretaries, presidents, and senior board members of the CGF will be provided with dedicated vehicles under T1 categories, while athletes’ family members and other members of the CGF will be given cars on request under T2 category, said the Games organising committee officials.

Delhi traffic chief Ajay Chadda said: “People under T1 category will get dedicated vehicles, while those under T2 category will get pick and drop facility. We will provide security to the VIPs and delegates who will use these cars during the Games.”