Are we ready yet?

The other day, Discovery Channel was showcasing a documentary on Beijing Olympics; the preparation was overwhelming. Beijing Olympics was a success and it didn’t happen in a day, weeks or months but it was continuous hard work of 6 to 7 years. China was hoping to see more than a hundred thousand tourists during the event and to manage such a big number never seemed too easy. The Olympic committee expressed their concern regarding the air pollution which was five times above World Health Organisation standard for safety. Nearly US$17 billion was spent to clean the air and Beijing implemented a number of air improvement schemes for the duration of the games. This included stopping work on all construction sites, closing many factories both in and around Beijing, closing some gas stations and cutting motor traffic by half. Two new subway lines were opened and thousands of old taxis and buses were replaced to encourage residents to use public transport. China added 3800 natural gas buses in Beijing, which is the largest fleet in the world.

 

I loved their passion for their country, everyone volunteered in their best possible way to make it a glory. Local people to car drivers started learning different languages and retired officials took the ownership of guiding tourists on the road. To address maximum people, schools started to teach children so the message can be sent to their parents as well. It was a heartfelt moment when engineers and labours working in the deepest tunnel said, ‘We are not working hard for Olympics but for China’. Very true, during Olympics people will travel to China from all over the world and there would be no better time to present modern and high-tech China which is not less than any other developed country.

 

Comparison

 

If I start to compare the preparation between India and China, then I would sadly say there is yawning gap. I don’t want to find an escape route by saying that was Olympics and this is Common Wealth Games. In both the cases huge amount of bidding and planning are involved, as Olympics and Commonwealth committee take the country’s infrastructure and readiness very seriously. Below is the reality check for all of us, including me.

 

Delhi

 

Most of the people driving in Delhi have no civic sense; they would over take your car from any side, change lane frequently and to make it worse, drive with full high beam during night hours. I wonder when government would initiate action against such insanity and when would people learn to follow the traffic rules!

 

Humble request: Do not switch on high beam during night hours, it turns people completely blind and jeopardise their life.

 

I have been driving in Delhi roads for quite sometime now, but the pain and agony while driving on the bumpy road is relentless. Before accelerating I literally plan the route to avoid uneven road. Just think what a heavy cost I would pay for driving in Delhi and NCR roads if car servicing falls under monthly tasks list. Every month a chunk of money goes out from my salary as TAX to government but, what do I get in return? Power cuts! Roads from hell! Useless drainage system falling apart in rainy days!  

 

NCR

 

Staying in Gurgaon, one can imagine the worse when it comes to infrastructure. Gurgaon is a corporate hub where all the multi national companies are strengthening their roots. This is where property rates are at its peak for designer villas and apartments. Haryana government claims Gurgaon to be another “Singapore” but I wonder if they have ever thought of the basic needs to a well maintained city! All the lavish villas and apartments have to pay a huge amount for power back up and it is a reality check for a resident to step out on the road, where half constructed roads, water logging and traffic jam await.

 

Overall

 

Thankfully Metro work is going fast; it has covered all the major parts in Delhi and NCR. In the process, roads in Delhi have taken a good thrashing by rain with huge construction trucks and daily traffic grilling on it. However, it doesn’t excite me any bit if new flyovers, Metro connectivity and a few natural gas vehicles are added to present India to the world in Common Wealth Games, 2010. On the contrary China did a fabulous job in improving overall infrastructure for Beijing Olympics, 2008, it was a complete facelift.

 

Hope

 

I read an article somewhere, the Indian government is pouring an estimated $37.5 billion into the city for it to be ready in time for the 2010 games. I pray to god, the amount such as this reaches to the right people through the right channel; otherwise we will be caught napping and bring shame to our country. We have exactly 24 months to go for Common Wealth Games and I hope we would make our country proud. Let’s come together and contribute in shaping up our ever loving city, Delhi, at our on level.

 

I am changing myself from today, saying no to littering, spitting and leaking in the open. Promise to follow the traffic rules religiously.  Can I expect the same from you my fellow citizens?

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Here I come

Welcome to my debut into cyberjournalism!

Finally I have joined the rest of the world and started to blog, it is an addictive task. I am excited to write my thoughts and display it to the entire world to read, so I want to keep it proper. In the afternoon I work with a travel firm as a content manager and during the nightfall I become a writer. After writing things for someone else’s site, now, I have decided to write for my own self. It will be interesting to see how good I am in writing the general stuff that boils inside my head. Hopefully I don’t mess up with my thoughts and put something irrelevant on the weblog.

You are most welcome to join me on my writing expedition and in my new addiction to cyberjournalism.

 

Have fun

Praky