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Charles, Patil to open CWG, SWAT team ready; 3000 CCTV, 1 Lac security to guard JLNS
Published on 3 Oct. 2010 12:31 AM IST
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Spruced up and cleaner, Delhi is all set to host the 19th Commonwealth Games with a spectacular opening ceremony Sunday featuring a display of music and dance involving thousands of young and experienced artists.
The 11-day Games would be formally inaugurated jointly by President Pratibha Patil and Prince Charles at the 60,000-capacity stadium. With an army of police and paramilitary personnel fanning out in the city, the 6,700 athletes and officials from 71 countries and territories eagerly awaited the inaugural by Prince Charles and President Pratibha Patil at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the heart of the city.
In a resounding thumbs up, the Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly Saturday commended the Delhi Games Organising Committee for getting things ready for hosting the Oct 3-14 event.
Although some high-priced tickets for the opening ceremony remain unsold, most Delhiites are delighted seeing a cleaner, greener and more colourful city, notwithstanding the last minute scrambles and earlier flak over sloppy and sluggish preparations. Indian officials say there is nothing to worry on the security front. And most visitors appear to agree.
With Home Minister P. Chidambaram at the helm of affairs, some 100,000 security personnel will be guarding the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and other Games venues, backed by the military and high-tech gadgetry.
Not wanting to leave anything to chance, Chidambaram visited the Village Saturday for a final inspection.
Speaking about the security arrangements, Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal said: “We also have the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team which is armed with sophisticated weapons and ready to handle any situation.”
“Around 3,000 CCTV cameras have also been installed in and around the Games venues,” he added.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, who arrived in the capital Saturday, visited President Patil at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in the evening. Around 7,000 men, women and children will take part in the two-hour-long opening ceremony, which is divided into six segments: Rhythms of India, Swagatam, Tree of Knowledge, Yoga, Great Indian Journey and Oscar winner composer A.R. Rahman’s rendition of the CWG anthem “Jiyo Utho Badho Jeeto”.
Charles meets Patil
It was a treat of ‘Dhokla’, ’samosa’ and ‘pineapple halwa’ for Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker Bowles when they met President Pratibha Patil at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Prince Charles and his wife Duchess of Cornwall Bowles spent time with the President in her study who apprised the VIP couple about various projects including the “Roshni” under which eco—friendly measures like using solar energy to electrify the Rashtrapati Bhavan, officials said.
They later took a stroll in the Mughal Garden and spent some time near the musical fountain where the couple showed their keenness in Ayurveda medicine.
The Duchess of Cornwall also shared her experience at Bangalore with the President. The President told the visiting couple, that there was a scope of surgery in Ayurveda for various ailments.
They were later served with various Indian delicacies including Dhokla, Pineapple Halwa, fish finger, aloo-mattar ke samose.
Prince Charles was very happy to eat Dhokla and pineapple halwa, a dish introduced in Rashtrapati Bhavan by the President herself.
“Prince Charles and his wife informed the President that they loved to have vegetarian dishes,” an official said.
The visiting VIP couple will be visiting other parts of the country including Jodhpur and Amritsar.

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