Archive for September, 2010

A Hearty Welcome To The Games Gram

Welcome… welcome dear guests. The Team Welcome Ceremony is carried on by Delhi’s school students to welcome the 71 different teams and their delegates to the Games Gram. It is followed by a 45-minute cultural program. This whole week is dedicated to welcoming guests and officials and according them the right accommodation.

At the Games Gram, or the Commonwealth Games Village 2010, the apartments and the residential area were specially-designed by Emaar and it covers 150-odd acres. It is located on the banks of the Yamuna River, near the famous Akshadham Temple. The Residential Zone is divided into four zones – Warli, Gond, Madhubani and Sanjhi – and houses 14 blocks, 34 towers and 1,168 AC flats. It also accommodates the CGA offices and the dining area.

At the International Zone offers games rooms, internet cabins, bars and restaurants, shops, TV rooms, VIP waiting area and the like. You can also find the Media Centre, Conference Halls, Guest Pass Centre and the Mayor’s Office. The Dining Section is open 24 hours and you can avail free meals here (the guests, that is).

Participants can train in the Training Area – there are pools, athletic tracks, weightlifting arenas and other training areas. For moving around within the Games Gram, you can make use of the Internal Village Shuttle, buses and golf carts. Wi-Fi is available all throughout the Games Gram. There’s high security at the Village, too.

Check Out The Commonwealth Express At Mumbai

Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus displays the Commonwealth Express Exhibition Train. This lively painted train stands at Platform no. 13, and has 11 coaches.

Five of the coaches are exhibiting material related to Sports and Commonwealth Games, Indian sports stars, their achievements. It also showcases the role of Indian Railway promoting sport. The rest – 6 coaches – portrays the ‘Information Technology Story of India’.

If you’re in Mumbai, do check it out.