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Utopian visions of the Capital?

Delhi roads have to be freed of touts, beggars and stray animals before 2010 Games, reports Amitabh Shukla.

india Updated: Aug 07, 2006 11:13 IST

No stray cattle on Delhi roads. And no taxi drivers who will fleece passengers. These are not utopian visions of the Capital but guidelines for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Government officials prepared the list after holding meetings with the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Indian Olympic Association, Ministry of Sports, the GoM on the Games and trade chambers like the CII, which felt that issues on the street had to be addressed along with contests on the field.

According to a note received by the Delhi government, during the Games, roads should be free of beggars, touts and stray dogs and cattle.

"We don't know how to comply with these directions," said an official in the urban development department. He said the government was yet to figure out how beggars could be stopped from venturing onto the streets and what to do with stray animals.

The note also said that 20,000 English-speaking volunteers were required to act as guides for foreigners who would visit the city. But it will cost a lot, said a senior official, "Unless the people are paid well, they will not come forward as volunteers."

Another note said Delhi would need at least 100 doctors with specialisation in sports medicine and an equal number of physiotherapists for the 8,000 sportspersons who would participate.

"We don't have so many specialists in sports medicine," said the official. The officials have realised that while many of these ideas worked at the Manchester and Melbourne Games, it will be difficult to pull them off in Delhi.