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XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi’s Green Games Pledge at the Greenathon

The Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi has committed itself towards hosting Delhi 2010 as the first ever “Green Games”. In order to realise this, it has taken upon a Green Games Vision whereby it would ‘strive towards reducing the carbon footprints and become the benchmark for the multi-disciplinary games in the future’. The OC CWG Delhi 2010 chairman was also present at the “Greenathon”, one of the major green events organised by the NDTV which includes extensive clean-up drives across the country, movie screenings, painting competitions, sapling distribution, music concerts and many other environmental initiatives.

One of the highlights of the Greenathon was an interview with the Chairman, Mr. Suresh Kalmadi, MP. He was accompanied by Indian National hockey squad capt. Mr. Rajpal Singh and other members of the team including Mr. Prabhjot Singh, Mr. Sandeep Singh. The Games mascot -Shera’s was also present. Mr. Kalmadi recounted the Green achievements of the Delhi 2010 in areas of green infrastructure, green hospitality, greening and offset, green sensitisation, green procurement and waste management. On specific measures undertaken to ensure green games, Mr. Kalmadi highlighted some of the initiatives undertaken to achieve the target of first ever green games like energy efficient fixtures and solar based external lighting at competition venues; rainwater harvesting at most of the competition venues; promotion of sustainable means of public transport, use of eco-friendly construction material like fly ash bricks. With regard to greening and offset, Mr. Kalmadi added that 3 new city forests would be dedicated to the upcoming Commonwealth Games by GNCTD. Planting of 3.3 Lakh trees is proposed in the GNCTD; in addition, extensive plantation drive would be done along the domestic route of the Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi.

In his concluding remark, Mr. Kalmadi, reminded everyone of the importance of preserving our environment, he said, “Ped Hai to Sher Hai”; Ped hai toh shera