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Games over, Delhi cops breathe a sigh of relief

By Onkar Singh
October 15, 2010 03:21 IST
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Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal and his eighty thousand strong force, who worked round the clock to ensure fool proof security for the Commonwealth games village and all the stadiums in the capital heaved a sigh of relief as the 19th Commonwealth Games concluded at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium late on Thrusday night.

"It was a tremendous task that was handed to us in view of the terrorist threat to the games venues and the entire capital. Thanks to the personal attention by the police chief Y S Dadwal with support extended by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram we could deliver fool proof security," a top ranking Delhi police officer told after the closing ceremony.

Besides the Delhi police, the security agencies who kept on providing valuable inputs to Dadwal and his officers, the Central Reserve Police Force, Rashtriya Rifles, Army commandos and Air force also lent a helping hand in ensuring that the 12-day long event passed off without any mishap.

Both Suresh Kalmadi, chairman of the organizing committee of the games and Mike Fennell, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, both had words of praise for Dadwal and his men.

"Delhiites would feel free from Friday, when the Delhi police removes the restrictions on movement of traffic and the yellow lane becomes non-functional," said a leading journalist who had to face difficulties travelling during the Games.

The beggars, who were driven away from the capital to neighbouring states too would be pleased to come back to their favourite hunting ground. The same goes in case of the business establishments and blue line bus operators. Blue line bus operators were kept off the roads by an executive order.

The biggest question that needs to be answered as to what will Sheila Dikshit government do with over one thousand airconditioned buses that were used to transport the athletes. Will these buses would be handed over to Delhi transport corporation or used on interstate routes. What happens to thousands cars that were used by the senior officials of all the contingent.

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