Delhiites behaved well and policemen learnt to speak with a smile — thanks to the Commonwealth Games.
Now the challenge is to keep it that way, said Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday, while giving the Capital a pat on the back for its almost impeccable behaviour during the Games.
"We can say the Games changed the behaviour of Delhiites and that change is for better," Chidambaran said at a press conference.
Delhiites should continue driving in lanes, not jumping red lights, not violating no-parking zones and respecting policemen, the minister added.
He also pointed out Delhi has learnt to take stringent security in its stride. And it's helped, since the crime graph fell by 47 per cent during the period of the Games.
The police too have gone through a welcome change.
"Policemen and policewomen guarding the Games venues have also now learnt to say things with a smile, say things politely," Chidambaram said.
Delhi's police chief Y S Dadwal and his men and women too got too got praise from the home minister, saying the foolproof security made the Games a success.