Academic journal article Journal of Tourism Challenges and Trends

Infrastructural Development Basis for Sports Event-Commonwealth Games 2010-New Delhi

Academic journal article Journal of Tourism Challenges and Trends

Infrastructural Development Basis for Sports Event-Commonwealth Games 2010-New Delhi

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Introduction

Sport events by their very nature are a non--routine affair and hold a very large connotation. Cities which host major sports events have to demonstrate their capacity to host such events. Large scale infrastructural capacities are essential to derive a competitive advantage. A multi sports event is primarily held over a number of days and is epicentered around a particular city. A wide variety of activities take place between various teams from the participating countries.

The year 2010 marks crucial phase for sports events so far as the Indian Sub-continent is considered and especially for the capital city Delhi as it hosting the forth coming event. The all round preparedness of the country in terms of the basic infrastructure to host such a prestigious event holds the backbone to its success. The Government of India will be spending an estimated $805.81 million according to commonwealth reports. In this context the Indian Government is leaving no stone unturned to make a truly international experience. This is highly reflective in the all-round development in terms of infrastructure as in flyovers, metro rail, roads, hotels, etc. Another important aspect that is crucial to any event is that it is labour intensive and time bound in nature.

The main objective of this paper is to understand the main developmental and up gradation of the city and sports infrastructure .In this connection certain components have been taken in to consideration for analysis purpose. To begin with large scale events require proper planning as they are extremely complex in nature and have unusual requirement. Hence a systematic approach is important for plan implementation. It has been derived from various researches that systematic planning always helps in dealing with the uncertainties of events as well. Every development pertaining to the event is dependent on two type of resources natural and man--made. The utilization and mobilization of the resources in an organized manner to derive maximum economic benefit is what is sought by the organizing body. Furthermore, as noted with respect to sports events: while the short term impact of the architecture and planning is an important element in the effective staging of a hallmark event, it is usually the long term effect of the architectural and planning that is of major consequence to the host community. Many events are now remembered by their architectural and planning legacies rather than the event itself. (Kelly, 1989: 263-264)

Ideally, destinations seek to use sports events as a means of development not for its own sake, but because it is a means to desired end in terms of returns to the destination. Planning is a key means by which such ends may be achieved. (Hall, 2005: 104-105) The various stages of planning for such events are depicted in Fig 1.

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Study Area

New Delhi is a world class city with modern sophistications already in place. In the wake of upcoming Commonwealth Games 2010, the city is undergoing a rapid facelift. Delhi is the eight largest metropolises in the world in terms of population. Located on the banks of the River Yamuna, its neighbouring states are Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan as can be seen from Fig II. Delhi lies almost entirely in the Gangetic plains. Two prominent features of the geography of Delhi are the Yamuna flood plain and the Delhi ridge. The terrain of Delhi is widely erratic. It changes from plain agricultural fields in the north to dry, arid hills (an offshoot of the Aravalli Hills of Rajasthan) in the south. Summers are long, extremely hot, from early April to mid-October, with the monsoon season in between.

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The methodology involved in this study includes the data collected from secondary sources. This paper presents an overall understanding of the various developmental initiatives undertaken by the government along with the help of other non governmental bodies to achieve an all round development of the infrastructural growth to meet the requirements of the event. …

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