New bridge for games col­lapses

Los Angeles Times - - The World -

A foot­bridge un­der con­struc­tion near the Com­mon­wealth Games main sta­dium in New Delhi col­lapsed, in­jur­ing at least 23 con­struc­tion work­ers and throw­ing fur­ther doubt on the vi­a­bil­ity of next month’s multi­na­tional games.

Five of the in­jured were in se­ri­ous con­di­tion, po­lice of­fi­cer H.G.S. Dhali­wal said.

The over­head bridge was to con­nect a park­ing lot with the main Jawa­har­lal Nehru Sta­dium, which is to host open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies as well as show­piece ath­letic events for the Oct. 314 games.

Se­vere de­lays in the com­ple­tion of the ath­letes’ vil­lage have thrown the sport­ing event into jeop­ardy. New Zealand, Canada, Scot­land and Ire­land have de­scribed the ac­com­mo­da­tions as “un­liv­able,” cit­ing prob­lems with clean­li­ness, plumb­ing and elec­tri­cal wiring.

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