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Quest is a project conducted by The Indian Express in schools in and around Delhi. The Commonwealth Games extravaganza begins next year in October...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
August 27, 2009 11:42:51 pm

Quest is a project conducted by The Indian Express in schools in and around Delhi. The Commonwealth Games extravaganza begins next year in October. Delhi is gearing up to host the mega event when athletes and sportspersons from 52 nations will gather for the event that will last 12days — from October 3 to 14. Playing host to this event,Delhi is witnessing a string of development work and unveiling of new projects. Quest asks students what Commonwealth Games will bring to India. From a boost in tourism sector to improvement in infrastructure,students voice their opinions.

The host city Delhi is gearing up for the Games in more ways that one and will look its best for this spectacular event! Connaught Place and Gole Market,two of Delhi’s main heritage shopping areas,are receiving a facelift. The city’s numerous heritage monuments are also being restored to showcase Delhi’s glories past .City beautification projects include widening,strengthening and resurfacing of roads,development of parking facilities,better streetlighting,modern bus shelters,new international standard signages,and streetscaping of roads within 2- kilometre radius of all Games venues.

New generation,transmission and distribution projects (with a total capacity of 3,750 megawatt (MW)) as well as upgradation of existing facilities,initiated by the government of Delhi,will ensure that the city gets 24-hour ,uninterrupted power supply during the Games.

The construction of 26 new flyovers,24 new roads over and underbridges apart from widening,strengthening and resurfacing of roads across the city.
Vrinda Adwal ,VI B
G D Goenka Public School,Vasant Kunj

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New Delhi is getting ready to host the Commonwealth Games in 2010. As the deadline approaches,the city is buzzing with more activity to lure the tourists and sportsmen alike. The mega event will be supported with facilities and amenities that will be world-class and at par with the best facilities in the world. Delhi is getting a complete facelift not only cosmetically but also in infrastructural aspects. The city will witness new highways,expressways,flyovers a brand new mass transit system for well-maintained transportation system. The city will also witness better health care system in a few months. The Commonwealth Games will have influx of lot of English speaking tourists. The government has implemented a new programme to teach English to low income level who will be in touch with the tourists,athletes and officials. Commonwealth 2010 is expected to be an extravaganza and the city is gearing up to meet all the challenges and make the event a complete success.
Aarti N,XI Science,
Ramjas School,Pusa Road

On July 12,when an under-construction Metro girder came crashing down in front of my school,it not only caused great damage to the lives of the poor labourers but also scared the government and created absolute mayhem in the city. I thought then that the Commonwealth Games would be a prestigious white elephant which was taking more than it could give.

But after discussions at school and at home,I concluded that the Commonwealth Games are going to benefit the nation in important and essential ways. One being that the Indian sports will get the badly needed fillip that is needed in an academic-oriented system. The other is that in India we will be able to participate at the international level and finally Delhiites will get the infrastructure they need by 2010 and Delhi,capital of a powerful economy,will shine.
Ambika Roy ,IX D
Bluebells School International,Kailash Colony

The Commonwealth Games is a multinational multi-sport event involving the athletes of various nations. The next edition will happen in 2010 in Delhi. Delhi markets are facing a big loss this year; the event will boost up the tourism market .The preparations for Commonwealth Games involve making new hotels and mending roads. Commonwealth Games in one way or the other has led to cleaning of Delhi and has made it “Clean Delhi,Green Delhi”. For the Commonwealth Games,new schools of sports have been opened to promote sports in our country. Due to Commonwealth Games,construction projects like the Metro has been done at a fast pace. India is hosting the Commonwealth Games for the first time and if they do it successfully,more foreign businesses would be interested in partnering with India for future events. Commonwealth Games would definitely bring tremendous opportunities to India.
Chandrika Anand ,IX C,
Apeejay School,Pitampura

The 2010 Commonwealth Games are scheduled to be held in the month of October in New Delhi.It is expected that this event will cause a boom in Indian tourism. Sporting events of this kind are increasingly being seen as vehicles for urban renewal,a catalyst to create jobs,increase investment and transform the landscape of the city. This brings us to another interesting development — the arrival of developing nations on the sports-hosting scene.

But till now,adverse effects that are clearly visible include security,which will further be divided at that time,basically for athletes from various countries. The facilities already lacking in India,like water and transport,are expected not to withstand such a heavy load of people from other countries. The traffic on the roads is expected to double.

Seems that once again we will have to don the ‘chalta hai’ attitude.
Arushi Nagpal,IX B
Apeejay School,Pitampura

India is rising; it is rising above the skepticism of our minds and the hesitation in our hearts. This India is ready to show its colour and its life to all who question,and to all who doubt. Now the time has come to take the big leap and while some frown and say,“what if?” the others smile and leap forward and make use of the opportunity. This is the time for India to come out and showcase its beauty and destroy all misconceptions that have grown about the Commonwealth Games. The Commonwealth Games will give an incentive for improvement in the sports infrastructure of the country. It will bring with it revenue for the hospitality sector and it will give India a chance to bring out the richness of its culture and heritage to the world. Like the Beijing Olympics was a great success for China,if the same happens for India ,not only will it announce to the world the birth of a new superpower,it will also be a huge boost for the tourism sector of India . At last I would like to say that now that we have been given our wings,it is time to fly.
Sushmita Samaddar ,XII B
Bluebells School International,Kailash Colony

Commonwealth Games is the most popular topic among all kids,youngsters,elders,rich and poor. Common wealth Games in Delhi will bring beautification in our country. Due to Commonwealth Games many tourists will come to our country. But before they come,we should repair the roads and give an impression that it is a clean country by not littering it. Ancient buildings should be repaired. There must be a proper drainage system and clean localities. More trees should be planted. On the whole the entire city should be renovated and overhauled. All such steps should be taken to beautify our country.
Mahima Oberoi ,VII B
G.D.Goenka Public School,Vasant Kunj

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