Spectators to get free bus ride on D-Day
Those who have bought tickets for the Commonwealth Games (CWG) opening ceremony on Sunday needn’t worry about how to reach Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.Roads to avoid on Sunday, October 3, 2010.The Delhi Transport Corp (DTC) will deploy 300 low-floor buses to transport spectators to the venue, free of cost.The buses will pick up passengers from 32 locations across the city and ferry them to the stadium.Ajay Chadha, special commissioner of police (traffic) said: “Parking will not be provided in and around the stadium. The traffic and the parking restrictions for the opening and closing ceremonies will be the same.The DTC’s park-and-ride facility will be on a first come-first-serve basis. So we advise people to come early.” The police said the athletes would start reaching the stadium by 3pm and get seated within the next three hours. But since some teams want to practise even on Sunday, the traffic restriction would apply right from 6 am till midnight.The Delhi Police are expecting huge traffic jams on Sunday, with spectators and dignitaries thronging the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.In fact, they feel the traffic will be clear only past midnight. Hence, the commuters at large have been advised to stick to public transport.”To avoid jams, we request people to use DTC buses and the Metro,” Chaddha said.The police said those planning to take the Metro could also get down at the JLN Stadium station which was set to open by Sunday.