#City & Town Planning
Mr. Suresh Kalmadi

India is set to host the 2010 edition of the Commonwealth Games. This is the first 'hallmark event' to be hosted by the city of New Delhi since the 1982 Asian Games.

Hallmark events have the ability to transform the urban landscape of a city. Using public money to further help elite minorities within the city?

The expenditure on these games is going to be enormous, estimated at over a billion dollars. This is going to be spent largely on the development of civic infrastructure, beautification, transport and sports facilities. If spent effectively, the event can be a catalyst in a much needed urban regeneration of the city.

However past experience from the 1982 Asian Games and actions already undertaken in the run up to the 2010 games suggest that the development may be anti-poor, badly planned and ecologically unsound.

It is essential that whatever actions are undertaken in the name of the Commonwealth Games, that they are well thought out and not justified solely on the grounds of nationalist sentiment and hyperbole.

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The Review Impacts of the Commonwealth Games 2010 On Urban Development of Delhi petition to Mr. Suresh Kalmadi was written by Priyanka and is in the category City & Town Planning at GoPetition.