I have been avoiding this for a long time now but every morning when I take the newspaper in my hands, I can almost see the national capital being reduced to ruins. Even before the monsoons arrived in Delhi, I could elicit what would be the fate of this city. While the commonwealth games are just round the corner, the whole city is dug up, the budget is being continually raised but the progress has been alarmingly slow. I really want to believe that the games would be a success but I see nothing going as per the plan.
Delhi is in the midst of hazy dusty clouds that is getting worse by each passing day. The entire Delhi is dug up. Yes, there was a time when I had complete faith in the progress of the constructions going on but with the stadiums giving in to the rain, I am forced to change my mind. With the quality certificates being fabricated, you can just blame the leakage and the architectural designs of the newly constructed stadiums. Better still, you can blame the corrupt politicians who still have the guts to make public statements claiming that there is absolutely no fault in the engineering of the buildings. Well, what would you expect if you are in a hurry to demolish the old Delhi and rebuild anew.
I really wish our ministers had not rented treadmills worth a whooping 9 lakhs. I don't see any logic in spending 7000 bucks on a toilet paper roll. I wish they has used this money in something more constructive. With the commonwealth games 61days away from the date of commencement, I just cannot get myself to believe that the newly renovated Delhi would indeed look new.
Olympic games are due in 2012 and London is almost ready with the stadiums and state-of-the-art facility. I was amazed to read that they are ready to host the games if they were to start tomorrow. And look at Delhi. It doesn't seem all right. My family has ordered tickets for the swimming and the basketball events, and I promise I would definitely go in to see if India is capable of hosting it right or is it merely a rat-race of who-will-host-the-games-next.
If the preparations proceed in this manner then India will soon be black listed to be a host country. Let us keep our fingers crossed.
Maybe next time, we will genuinely put in our resources in the right direction rather than installing a few hundred condom vending machines.
If only we had a back-up plan.