Lessons for New Delhi from the Nordic capital
There are lessons to be learnt for New Delhi as it prepares to host the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The Games may be five years away but the authorities should take the cue from wherever possible.
Since IOA chief and AFI president Suresh Kalmadi and secretary Lalit Kumar Bhanot — he is also the secretary general of the 2010 Games Organising Committee — are here, they could take note of the Olympic Stadium, the venue for the IAAF World Championships for Athletics commencing Saturday.
It looks very compact and precise for the occasion, unlike the Nehru Stadium. The cost of maintenance is cheap and the upkeep is excellent.
The strength of the stadium is the atmosphere created by traditional surroundings. The small stadium also adds to the advantage of the media working with a tight schedule. From the media stands there is an adequate view over of the field and at a short distance is the ’Mixed Zone’ where the athletes can be interviewed. The huge area surrounding the stadium has been put to optimum use with tents pitched up to cater to the needs of all and sundry.
Each tent, hired out to various television and sponsors’ agencies, also bring in revenue for the organisers. What makes the Nordic capital different from New Delhi or any other metro in India is the planning that has gone into it making the city beautiful.
Besides the natural beauty — this port city is lush green with trees all around — neat concrete roads, and clover-leaf formations incorporated into the three-tier ring road system and, above all, well-coordinated traffic makes traveling almost a pleasure. Decongestion and non-polluted traffic is the watchword.