The grandeur of the opening ceremony did not extend to the stands where people were left without food, water and first-aid.
Water and eatables were not allowed inside the stadium and people who had brought along water bottles were asked to drink the water and throwaway bottles.
There was no respite from the afternoon heat for the spectators and this decision caused problems for the spectators. Sunita Khurana (57) said, "I can either finish the water here or throw it away. In this sweltering heat, how can they not allow people not to take water bottles inside?"
Even the first-aid station in the venue did not have a single piece of gauze at the site. Rachna Arora, a resident of Greater Kailash Part-I, fainted due to heat. "My friend took me to the first-aid station. But they were not able to provide me any help. I was made to sit outside. They even took away the chairs and tables and gave them to security personnel," she said.
Thanks to poor planning, coca cola beverages, including bottled water finished even before ceremony began. Fast Trax, which had promised various items, could serve only a few. Many outlets had to shut down as they ran short of food.
"There is no food, not even water," said Smith and Christine, a foreign couple, who had bought tickets worth R 5000. The people complained of lack of counter management.
(With inputs from Anupama Tripathi)