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Sep 27, 2010 at 08:38pm IST

Smooth ride for Delhiites on Day 1 of CWG lanes

New Delhi: Monday was the first day of exclusive Commonwealth Games lanes, but Delhiites bracing for the worst had a surprisingly decent ride with no major traffic jams.

Delhiites woke up to a Monday morning getting the first taste of restrictions on the streets ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

First day when the special lanes marked for athletes and dignitaries participating in the Commonwealth Games were closed off for the general public. Barring a few offenders, most Delhiites stuck to their lanes.

“People want the Games to be successful and obviously there is a Rs 2,000 fine,” said a motorist. Another said: “Today few people are commuting via their cars. Then there is Metro also.”

These exclusive lanes on routes from the airport to the Games Village are closed to the general public from 8 am to 8 pm till October 16.

The Delhi Police have advised commuters to avoid the Airport Road, National Highway 8, Panchsheel Marg, Kamal Ataturk Marg,

Safdarjung Marg, Lodhi Road, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium parking area and National Highway no. 24.

These routes will be used extensively to ferry athletes from the Games Village to the various venues across the city until the Games end.

Commuters are now keeping their fingers crossed for a smooth ride right until the Games are over.