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Are you ready, Delhi?

The PM shall be presented with the first Commonwealth Games ticket on June 1. You just need Rs 50 to join him there.

india Updated: May 26, 2010 01:40 IST

The very first ticket for the Commonwealth Games (CWG) will be gifted to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. You don’t have to spend a fortune to join him, though, as the Games authorities are going all out to ensure that Delhiites turn up to watch the games. Tickets will be available for as low as Rs 50 and starting June 1, Dilliwallas can get their hands on one almost anywhere, from cafes such as Barista and Café Coffee Day to mobile vans, as well as online on the official CWG website. “Commonwealth Games are for masses, one of the main motives of keeping the price of the tickets so low is that we want the common man to be a part of these games,” says Lalit Bhanot, Secretary General, CWG.

Interestingly, the tickets will also double as passes for the Delhi Metro and DTC buses. Authorities estimate a sale of 1.7 million tickets. “The stadiums can accommodate around 60,000 people... every Delhiite must have the experience of watching the games,” Bhanot adds.

“The games will be such a refreshing change from the cricket madness that’s been going on… plus, they’re well within my pocket money,” says Arkesh Singh, a DU student. During the last Commonwealth Games in 2006 at Melbourne, Australia, the cheapest ticket was priced at $100 in Australian currency (Rs 3,880). The CWG games held in Kuala Lampur Malaysia in 1998 had the lowest ticket priced at RM 30 (Rs 423). “It’s a nice outing… looking forward to heading there with my friends,” says Sunaina Verma, a BPO employee.

Some Delhiites, however, are treating the games as an opportunity to flee the city for an outing. “I’ll be heading out of Delhi during the games as the offices and colleges will be closed during that time”, says Kaushal Sharma, an engineer.

DU student Priya Sharma says that just an affordable ticket price is not enough to attract the crowds. “I don’t even know what games will be played. The government should tell us about some of the games and sportsmen who will compete if they want us to be excited,” she says.

Let the games begin...

Sale of tickets start June 1 First ticket will be presented to the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in a special ceremony.
Cheapest ticket will be priced at Rs 50
Ticket sales will begin from the official CWG website and would later be available from popular coffee shops.
Mobile caravans selling tickets will also ply in the city.