Indian capital, New Delhi, will see Formula One Grand Prix coming to city this month end. Tens of thousands of people are expected to flock in to see world-class drivers break into the new Buddh International Race Circuit.
The F1 race is being managed in India by Jaypee Sports, a subsidiary of Jaiprakash Associates Ltd., which has built the new 5.14 kilometer race track in Noida and is organizing concession stands and some entertainment for spectators on the 2,500 acre grounds.
The company says it’s mindful of the hangover from the distorted Commonwealth Games and is pulling out all the stops to avoid repeating mistakes. “It’s not just our reputation, the country’s reputation is at stake,” said a Jaypee official who wasn’t authorized to speak on the record.
The private-sector, self-interest may prove to be a major plus. “We can’t compromise on quality, this is our money,” he said.
The F1 has an official capacity of 100,000 people and seeing as 45,000 tickets have already been sold to people all over India, in Europe and elsewhere, a sell-out is quite possible.
Jaypee, the reputed builders in NCR said it is prepared for taking necessary security precautions. The firm said that it has hired a team of advisors, including former top cops from the Delhi police and retired army officers. The firm sketched out a detailed security plan along with state and central law enforcement authorities that involves putting 3,500 security officers on site and other personnel to manage traffic.
F1 fans attending the event will be entertained by performances from heavy metal legends Metallica. There is a buzz that the event will be sealed by singer Lady Gaga.