Mumbai: Notwithstanding the recent controversies engulfing the Commonwealth Games, over Rs18 crore worth of tickets for the sporting event have been sold so far, an official said.
“We have so far sold tickets worth $4 million,” IRCTC’s general manager-operations, Sanjay Aggarwal, told PTI here.
IRCTC had in March this year bagged the contract to be the official online ticketing agency for the games to be held between 3-14 October in New Delhi.
Aggarwal said the maximum number of tickets sold are for the opening and the closing ceremonies of the sporting extravaganza.
“It is obvious...more than the individual event venues, sales for the grand ceremonies are higher...you have spectacular events and artistes like A R Rehman performing at the ceremonies,” he said.
Tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies are priced between Rs750-Rs50,000 each. For individual sporting disciplines, the ticket denominations are between Rs100 and Rs1,000 per seat.
When asked if the recent controversies would dent the sales of tickets, Aggarwal said, “anything you say on the Games becomes a controversy these days.”
The organisers said approximately 22 lakh tickets are available for sale and estimated that it would generate Rs120 crore in revenue.
Aggarwal chose not to comment when asked about how have the sales fared in the last fortnight since allegations of corruptions surfaced.