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False ceiling collapses at CWG venue
Published on 23 Sep. 2010 12:29 AM IST
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A portion of a false ceiling at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the main venue of the Commonwealth Games, collapsed here Wednesday, a day after a foot overbridge near the stadium came crashing down. No one was injured.
Union cabinet secretary K.M. Chandreshekhar told television channels that the collapse was not an issue to be “worried about”.
“The cables which were to be set up for the data network were placed on the false ceiling and due to the weight of the cables the ceiling fell off. It’s a minor thing and it will be corrected. It’s not a matter to be worried about,” Chandreshekhar told CNN-IBN channel.
The central public works department (CPWD), the agency which renovated the stadium, said tiles came down as maintenance work was being carried out. The weightlifting event is scheduled to be held at the newly-built hall where the ceiling fell.
Fennell to meet PM
The embattled organisers of the scandal-marred Commonwealth Games will have a lot of explaining to do to their international boss Michael Fennell when he arrives here on Thursday for an emergency meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over a series of safety issues now threatening to derail the event, just 10 days before the scheduled opening ceremony.
Commonwealth Games Federation chief Fennell had shot off a letter to Cabinet Secretary on Monday, detailing the “unlivable” conditions at Athletes’ Village, which along with a footbridge collapse near the main Games venue on Wednesday, had triggered withdrawal of two high-profile athletes besides pull out threats from some countries.
Top nations undecided
Participation of some of the top nations is doubtful with Australia, New Zealand and Canada still undecided on sending their teams for the Oct 3-14 Games.
While Scotland and Wales are also undecided, smaller African Wednesday expressed their resentment at the Games Organizing Committee. These countries are worried that they still have not been able to visit the venues and have warned that “full strength” teams may not be able to come for the Games.
The dengue outbreak, shooting at the Jama Masjid, the “filthy” living conditions at the Games Village, a pedestrian bridge collapsing and the falling of a ceiling tile at wrestling hall of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the showpiece stadium of the Games, have raised serious question in the minds of the participating countries.
Police rubbishes sting op
Delhi Police Wednesday said the sting operation by an Australian TV channel wherein its reporter walked into the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium reportedly with explosives was “bogus and incorrect” and “deliberately planted”.
“This sting operation is totally bogus and incorrect. The reporter is trying to create a false impression of security breach by walking past barricades that have been placed on the main road only to divert vehicles,” Delhi Police said in an official statement.

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