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Stressful times for CWG ticket holders

india Updated: Sep 16, 2010 01:41 IST
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If you have bought a ticket to one of the Commonwealth Games’ venues and are wondering why it has not been delivered, as promised, don’t fret. There are several others who are also waiting for their tickets to arrive.

It is ironical, but while people are scrambling for tickets, there are some 12 lakh tickets lying unsold.

The Organising Committee (OC) claims to have sold over two lakh tickets to the October 3-14 event till date but there are only a handful who received their tickets so far.

Ajoy Eric Lal, a victim, is clueless about the tickets, worth Rs 5000, he bought online on June 5.

“I got a transaction number in case I wanted to check the tickets’ status online. They (OC) said the tickets would reach me in the first week of August but I am yet to receive them. Every time I log on to the website (, it shows that my tickets are yet to be printed,” said Lal.

Sanjay Narayan had a lucky escape. “I wanted to buy a ticket online and even went as far as entering my credit card details but the website crashed. I was worried about the misuse of my card details, but thankfully nothing’s happened. In between, I tried the helpline number but nobody answers the call. It’s disappointing,” he said.

Asked about the issue, Monica Jolly, director, ticketing, OC, said, “Earlier, we were scheduled to start the process on August 1. Though we have started dispatching, the process got delayed due to some technical glitches, so we finally started on August 25. We understand the concern and the tickets will reach their owners soon.”

Incidentally, the number of tickets on offer has been brought down from 17 lakh to 14 lakh. Jolly attributed it to “seat kills”.

“It happens when a certain number of seats get killed due to factors like camera placement inside the stadium, screens that demand considerable space, etc,” she explained.

No free passes this CWG

Lalit Bhanot, Organising Secretary of CWG said there will be no complimentary passes for CWG. “ There won’t be any passes. The tickets will be reserved for athletes, the CWG officials, Games Federation, etc. The decision is yet to be taken on whether or not there would be complimentary tickets.”

A Right to Information (RTI) query also revealed that a decision is pending on the distribution of complimentary tickets by the Organising Committee (OC). Subhash Chandra Agrawal, who filed the RTI, was seeking detailed information on the quota of free complimentary passes for various organisations, authorities, names and authorities entitled to issue the passes and details of complimentary passes at the chairpersons' discretion.