Leave a lasting impression on Commonwealth Games guests: Sheila Dikshit

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New Delhi, Mar 19 (ANI): As New Delhi gears to host the Commonwealth Games (CWG), Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has asked citizens to put their best foot forward and leave a lasting impression on the guests.

Addressing a tourism conclave here on Thursday, Dikshit said: "I can see a lot mannerisms changing, but it is still not enough. We have to do something which are extremely basic, like keeping our city clean, keeping our city attractive enough, giving our citizens the culture of politeness, sharing, caring for each other so when the world goes back with an impression that they have been to a truly civilized city."

Dikshit also appealed to the private sector to share responsibility with the government in this regard.

"When the private sector appeals to people and when the private sector becomes the partner in this change, an active partner in this change, I think the change will come much much faster," she said.

According to the CWG website, the Commonwealth village is being created at a cost of 230.7 million dollars (including the residential zone) and is spread over an area of 63.5 hectares (158.4 acres).

The village is also equipped with training areas for athletics (400 m eight-lane synthetic track and separate area for Throwing Events), swimming (50x25m, kids and leisure pool), weightlifting, wrestling and a fitness centre.

The village has 14 blocks, 34 towers and 1,168 air-conditioned flats to comfortably accommodate 8,000 athletes and team officials.

There will be a number of apartments, ranging from two to five bedroom units, each with ensuite facilities. There will be only two occupants per room, which makes it the highest ratio of facilities provided for any Games, as per officials of Organising Committee of the CWG-2010. (ANI)

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