Since moving Delhi just over a year ago, we have seen CWG everywhere--Commonwealth Games. The city has been under constant construction for the upcoming games. And, the most recent project has been to create a Commonwealth Game lane. When I first saw the street signs, I was so surprised. In a city where lanes seem optional (granted, I don't drive here, so I don't understand the complexities and nuances of driving), I just wondered how it will all go down. Well, we had a taste of it the other day. On one of the main roads near our neighborhood, from 12-2pm the Commonwealth Game lane was closed. There were policmen standing every 100 meters to keep cars from sneaking over. Apparently, it was a trial run to see how things would play out. I'm not sure what the concensus was, but it was pretty much what I expected--bumper to bumper, three or four cars in a space for two lanes. It was quite impressive to look over and see an entire lane completely empty. I like to think it is just a minor inconvenience to something larger that many locals are proud to host (at least the people I've spoken to).
Reporting from the empty CWG lane:
This is pretty much what it was like:
I like the "brace for long snarls":