Transport changes on time

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New Delhi's Metro system and station modernisation is on course to be completed in time for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Visitors to the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games will be encouraged by news that Delhi Metro is on course to connect 10 of the 11 competition sites before the event starts in October that year. Under phase–II construction work, the venues which will get connected include Games Village, Jawaharlal Nehru (JLN) Stadium and Delhi University among others. The stations will be opened by September 2010, a month before the Commonwealth Games are scheduled. Five lines – Vishwavidyalaya–Jahangirpuri, Indraprastha–New Ashok Nagar, New Ashok Nagar–NOIDA, Yamuna Bank–Anand Vihar ISBT and Inderlok–Mundkaare – are set to be opened in 2009. The Games Village, where most athletes will reside, is adjacent to the Akshardham Metro station on the Indraprastha–New Ashok Nagar line which is already 57% complete and is scheduled to be opened by June 2009. Meanwhile, attention is also being paid to New Delhi's taxi services with Games preparations including sending the city's auto drivers to finishing school. More than 200 drivers have already spent six hours at a session organised by the New Delhi Police which included lessons in customer etiquette, traffic rules and health checks.

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