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Durban vs Delhi

entertainment Updated: Apr 23, 2010 01:18 IST
Harsha Bhatnagar

With the Commonwealth Games around the corner, HT City compares Delhi with Durban, South Africa.

Bigger stadium
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Lodhi Road, that will be inaugurated for the Commonwealth Games, has a capacity of 78,000 — more than Durban’s.

Nice design
The teapot-shaped Moses Mabhida stadium will host one of the semi-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It has a planned capacity of 70,000.

No fine dining lane
There’s no single place with a large number of fine dining restaurants and cafes sticking together. Khan Market has possibilities, but the window views there are so blah.

Amazing food street
Durban’s Florida Road is a dense locality of restaurants and cafes offering various cuisines, with options for alfresco dining.Delhi has nothing like it.

Great public transport
Delhi’s DTC is adding more AC buses to its fleet. The autos are very airy, though one has to haggle over charges. The Metro, too, is world class.

Not full marks
Public transport in Durban is bad. The bus system is creeky. The cabs are unsafe. Not many use the rail to commute and Durban has no Metro.

Dangerous city
Called India’s rape capital, Delhi is a dangerous city for women. Still, unlike in Durban, you can at least walk on the streets without fear of being mugged.

Very dangerous city
Crime is high in Durban. Mugging, car break-ins and nabbing at gunpoint are common. The beaches may be safe during the day, but definitely not at night.

No water kingdom
Delhi’s water life sucks. The Yamuna stinks. The river looks black with the city’s sewage and chemical discharge.

Exciting sea life
At the Shaka Marine World, you can enjoy dolphin, seal and penguin shows. Besides, The Golden Mile beach is a surfer’s haven.