Delhi braces for dedicated Games lanesSeptember 26th, 2010 - 2:29 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 26 (IANS) Hundreds of Delhi Traffic policemen fanned out over parts of the capital to facilitate Commonwealth Games related traffic as exclusive lanes became operational from Sunday.
The exclusive lanes will be operational from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday on certain stretches of Delhi roads. The mega event begins Oct 3 and ends Oct 14.
“These exclusive lanes will be from the Games Village, NH 24, Ring Road up to the Barapullah flyover, 4th Avenue, Lodhi Road, Safdarjung Road, Kamal Ataturk Marg and Panchsheel Marg,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police, traffic.
“These Games lanes will be maintained up to Oct 16,” said Garg.
Garg said public will be able to use the dedicated lanes on other stretches for their movement except for the time when there is Games related movement.
“A traffic motorcycle blowing s siren and traffic staff at intersections will intimate people about the movement of Games-related traffic. At the time of movement, people are expected to give precedence to Games related traffic even on the roads where an exclusive Games lane is not operational at that time, he said.
Though the route from the Games Village to competition venues and the airport has a dedicated lane, there will be no such facility for practice venues.
The official said there would be no special lanes for roads leading to practice venues but motorcycle patrols would lead the convoys of athletes.
These restrictions are not applicable to Delhi Police vehicles, ambulances, fire tenders and other emergency services vehicles.
Some 7,000 participants and officials from 71 teams are expected to attend the Commonwealth Games, India’s biggest sporting event since the 1982 Asian Games.
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