NEW DELHI: Commonwealth Games Bridge Collapses, Raises Concerns
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A pedestrian bridge under construction for next month's Commonwealth Games here collapsed Tuesday, officials said, adding to concerns raised about India's preparedness for the international sporting event.
At least 24 people were injured, three critically, said New Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat.
The bridge near Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium came down while workers were laying a concrete slab, said Rakesh Mishra, engineer-in-chief for New Delhi's Public Works Department.
Designed as a pathway from a parking area to the stadium, the bridge was scheduled for completion this week. The games begin October 3.
"We are inquiring into it," said Mishra about the cause of the collapse. "It could be faulty execution or a fault in the design."
The games, hosted for the first time by the Commonwealth's most populous nation, have already been troubled by delays in construction projects and allegations of corruption.
Re: NEW DELHI: Commonwealth Games Bridge Collapses, Raises Concerns
Have you seen the pictures of the athletes village, a lot of competitors are withdrawing....its a disgrace!