Delhiites urged to use public transport during 2010 Games


New Delhi: Given the high security and traffic diversions would effect traffic during next year’s Commonwealth Games (CWG), Delhi Police Monday said it would appeal to the people to use Metro and public transport during Games. Traders and offices would be asked to shutter their workplaces on the Games’ closing day.

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“When there will be an exclusive lane for Games vehicles, naturally the traffic ongestion would increase. We would urge people to use public means of transport that time,” Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal told reporters here.

The police Monday made an off-camera presentation explaining the security and traffic plan for the Games.

“By the time the Games start, two more Metro routes will also start. We would encourage the people to use the Metro,” he said, adding that a publicity campaign on this would be carried out before the Games.

The police commissioner said that such an event is a pride for the nation but no plan can work without public support.

The police have already written to traders’ associations and corporate offices to either reschedule their weekly holidays or close their enterprises on the closing day of the CWG.

“CWG closing ceremony would take place on Oct 14, which is Thursday. We expect a heavy rush on that day. We have suggested to many offices, including PSUs, to take their weekly off on Thursday instead of Saturday for that week,” Dadwal said.

The police have also asked trader associations to close their shops on that day and do business on another day.