So, 2010 is finally here. After all that harping and hooting about 2010 — the Commonwealth Games to be more precise — the great year has arrived. It is the year of deliverance — the Delhi Metro will be complete, Delhiites will learn manners, autowallahs will talk in English, the roads will be repaired, law and order will reign… and Delhi will get its very own blue moon.
Okay, okay, no pessimism. Let’s welcome 2010 with an open mind and a somewhat optimistic outlook.
Let’s pray that part of the last minute face-lift of the Capital before the games finally begin includes more than potted plants and paint. Perhaps we’ll get to see an overhaul of unnecessary speed breakers, of traffic lights that don’t work, and water pipes that burst at the most inopportune moments (recall the horrendous traffic jams caused at ITO and Pragati Maidan in the months of June and September, courtesy pipes that went boom).
We were told a few months ago to expect a blitzkrieg of activities designed to teach Delhiites how to behave. Expect that avalanche to hit soon. Look out for hoardings that say A woman is not public property, Don’t pee on city walls and Genitalia is not for public display. Ahem.
Here’s hoping that no more hooligans play moral police on Valentine’s Day (ref. Mangalore, Feb 09) as the banner of the Pink Chaddhi flies high. And finally, dearest Delhi Police, could you please ensure that the women of the city are safe, even in the dead of the night?
So, raise your glass to brighter, shinier, safer Delhi and go glug. Hic. Happy New Year.