Delhi, along with the rest of India, is unfit for human habitation.
For those that keep harping about the poor quality of Chinese products just compare Beijing Olympics vs Commonwealth Games to be held 2010 in Delhi.
Delhi is unfit for Commonwealth Games
Rajesh Kalra Monday September 14, 2009
Reports of an angry Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) bossman writing to the Indian Prime Minister because he thinks that India’s capital city will not be ready in time to host the next edition of the games just over a year away, and that it would embarrass the organisers, the host nation and also the federation, would shock only those not conversant with the happenings in this city.
This city, which is to host the games in October next year, is a complete mess. Almost every major road is dug up or blocked, either for Metro or flyover construction, and others that are not affected by games-related construction can thank substandard material used in road building for giving the entire city a uniform experience. Even calling it a disgrace is an understatement.
When the media went ballistic last week because commuters took 5 to 6 hours to traverse just 5 or 6 km, there was, for a change, no exaggeration. If anything, it was worse. Of course, all of it was exacerbated by the indiscipline that is the hallmark of the citizens of this city.
And this is just the roads and other networks that are basically required to get to the venues where the events would take place, but what about the venues themselves? By all available reports (CGF says 13 of 19 venues are between 30% and 50% behind schedule), they are so far behind schedule that some of them may be a disaster in the making if rushed through.
I can only recall the World Cup Cricket game in Delhi in 1995-96 when the Sri Lankans slaughtered India, particularly the local boy Manoj Prabhakar. Sitting in the press enclosure, one was worried about India’a pathetic show, but even more worried about the new structure that hosted the VIP and press enclosures. It still had wet plaster and the whole structure shuddered if someone ran up or down the stairs. The press cops also realised soon that their chairs had sunk a few inches into the yet wet concrete. It was only upon speaking to the workers there that we realised that they had plastered some of the structure as late as that morning and used a lime wash to give it a finished look.
Move away from the venues, to the entry point for most visitors and athletes for the games, the under- construction new terminal at Delhi airport. The builders say the civil work would be completed a few months before the games begin, giving them time enough to test everything and provide a “world class” experience to visitors and athletes who come in. Right, we have already seen the top-notch quality of their spanking new domestic terminal that leaks like a sieve whenever it rains. But how ambitious can one get, really! Hong Kong’s new airport was thrown open to traffic in July 1998 after extensive simulation tests, but failed. The tests simply couldn’t replicate the real thing.
Singapore readied its new terminal at Changi a complete year before the due date for its inauguration so that that they could test all systems extensively. What makes the builders of Delhi airport think that they will have all in place in just a couple of months after getting their civil work completed? If anyone has the confidence that it would be hunky dory, I would like to meet that optimistic soul.
A lot of people have argued that it was the same in 1982, prior to the Asian Games, but things still turned out remarkably well. Even this statement has two sides to it. One, there was a gentleman called Rajiv Gandhi, who had involved himself fully in the project and the famous Indian babudom and red tape was made ineffective. But two, and this is even more important, the quality was abysmal even then. The Asiad Village homes had stairs of uneven sizes and most of the flyovers built then are falling apart. Where else does such infrastructure fall apart in under 30 years?
And in the 27 years since then, our love for mediocrity, and corruption, has only increased, so the quality of these structures being created is best left unsaid.
Right in the beginning, I said that the CWG head feels a poorly organised game would embarrass the organisers. I think this gent is wrong. Such Teflon coated are our organisers (comprising mostly of scheming politicians) that nothing can embarrass them. The only ones embarrassed would be the ones like us and shamed would be our nation.
I would be happy if the Prime Minister, without wasting any more time, comes out with a statement that goes thus: “Given the current economic situation, the country would be better off without the games and the money that was being spent on building these white elephants would be utilised to build homes for the poor, and the beggars we wanted out so that they don’t prove to be an eyesore for the visitors”.
I am sure everyone will support the PM if he were to take this stand. We are neither ready, nor fit to host the games. As of now, we are in a position to host them in a manner that would be more shameful than it would be if we pull out now. We must opt for the less shameful option.
Delhi, along with the rest of India, is unfit for human habitation.
Alamak bro. India long ago gone case thats why people don;t talk bout it. China has improved a lot except where ethics is concerned.
Have you been to their airport in their Capital City, Delhi. One would have thought that at least the gateway will be presentable. Its slight better than a pigsty.
Even SIA has caved in. The service is shambles. The carpet to business class desk is so dirty. SIA offers entry vouchers to one of 3 business lounges and all 3 are worse than the worst KTV room in Geylang.
I came back and complained to a Sr chap in SIA and he told me that it best to drink hard liquor and just drown your sorrows while waiting for your plane.
You go to Taj Mahal, you have to go thru a gauntlet of conman, touts, beggars only see one of the wonders of the world in poor condition. The gardens are badly maintained, dirt all over. You can even enjoy the sights without Photo touts hounding you.
Try checking into their best hotel - the rate for foreigners is ridiculous, about 3 times more than a local and the service is bad. Try ordering poach eggs - its involves a discussion with the supervisor and another chef.
At the lowest point in China's history, it took the armies of 8 countries over a century to invade and carve out some parts of China. It took one single Britain to conquer the whole of the Indian subcontinent.
Many people know that not a single bomb or bullet landed in USA during WW2, therefore the entire USA was intact postwar compared to the ruins in Europe, making USA the pre-eminent world power henceforth.
With the British Burma buffer, not a single bomb or bullet landed in India during WW2 too, compared to the ruins in much of FE and SE Asia. What has that made India?
Back to topic, Kuala Lumpur has hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1998, and rather successfully. Can Singapore do it too?
Last edited by Ramseth; 17-09-2009 at 07:26 AM.
my colleague crink when he heard that he have to go to india for business trip.
i have zero interest in visiting that place.
I have made many trips to the country on business and I continue to be surprised that nothing has improved. Indira Ghandi Airport at Delhi is my barometer. They began late last year to upgrade for the games and its still bad. 5 star hotels and the Internet does not work and they have call centres serving the whole world on how to hook up your internet.
I visited Delhi 2 years ago and was very shocked the primitive state of this place after visited many places and cities of South East Asia and China.There are so many unbelievable poors everywhere.
Uptill now I still don't understand why S'pore is admitting immigrants from this source?
I'm really surprised so many people want to visit India. Anyway, I'm very sure more want to get out. For me, if you give me free 1st class airline ticket and 5-star hotel freestay voucher, I'd say no, thank you. The only way you can get me to India is to forceably kidnap me.
That is precisely my thought!! They need the communism to wash away the caste system which is still prevalent.
Notice that under communism in China, women are looked upon as equal. I am sure it is never equal (even in the US there is pay descrepancy) but still they are a lot more equal than in many 3rd world country.
I can't even tell you about my horrible cockroach experience in that land of hells.
No wonder Indians eat cockroaches in their curries. These disgusting pests are everywhere. It's the most filthy country in the world. The dirtiest places in Shanghai are still cleaner than the highest class hotels in dirty-land.
SIA share same code with air india,
sometime when you fly SIA, you have to fly with like 95% indian on the plane, they flew delhi -> singapore -> USA .
it is like actually going to India and catch some disease.
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