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The inheritance of Commonwealth

delhi Updated: Oct 05, 2011 00:09 IST
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Before Commonwealth Games began last year, the Capital was touted to become a world-class city, with a multitude of amenities adding to the glitter. The declaration by multiple civic agencies appeared to be partly true when the Games were held from October 3 to October 14.

A year later, though, while some amenities have managed to retain the sparkle, others have faded into oblivion.

While the stadia are still in a swank condition, many of them are not in use. Some streetlights that were revamped for the Games have stopped functioning or are being stolen. Freshly-carpeted roads have turned bumpy and some kiosks have failed to become operational.

During the Games, new roads, pavements dotted with green plants, new toilet blocks and hi-tech stadia were unveiled one after another.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the New Delhi Municipal Council oversaw the Capital's cleanliness and ensured a spic-and-span Games despite the Organising Committee getting rapped on its knuckles for not being able to clean up the Games Village on time.

However, the Barapullah Flyover and better transportation in the form of more low-floor buses have definitely added to a good travel experience in the city.


The Good: The Games saw the construction/renovation of 12 competition venues.
The Bad: A year later, many stadia are not used for sporting events. Lack of residential facilities and high rentals dissuade sports organisations from renting out the spaces.


The Good: 17 roads were freshly-carpeted last year. Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Public Works Department (PWD) also repaired all roads leading to Games venues
The Bad: Many roads have now developed potholes or have fallen into disrepair
The Ugly: Footpaths that were freshly-tiled have been dug up and are not repaired. Dividers have been damaged

Kiosks and street furniture

The Good: Citizens finally got well-lit streets, dustbins and street furniture. The Games also brought provision for more police booths and kiosks.
The Bad: Most facilities, such as police booths, kiosks and dustbins, remain unused, thus proving to be a massive waste of money
The ugly: Vandalism has been rampant, with people carrying away electricity poles, breaking glass panes of police booths and of information panels with reflectors.


The Good: The commute from east Delhi to south Delhi became a cakewalk, with travel time being reduced to 5 minutes.
The Bad: The pedestrian bridge that collapsed days before the Games has still not been replaced. The stretch from INA market to JLN Stadium is not in good condition, with damaged road dividers.


The Good: About 5,500 stainless steel colour-coded signs were installed by NDMC. MCD and PWD also installed a few 100 of them.
The bad: Some signs have been stolen. But in such cases, the problem lies mainly with the public.