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CWG not collapsing, says Delhi CM

Under mounting attack over preparations for the Commonwealth Games, particularly after collapse of a foot overbridge near the main venue, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today admitted facing "problems" but rejected the criticism that the event was collapsing.

delhi Updated: Sep 22, 2010 17:20 IST

Under mounting attack over preparations for the Commonwealth Games, particularly after collapse of a foot overbridge near the main venue, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today admitted facing "problems" but rejected the criticism that the event was collapsing.

"I would like you tell very categorically that these minor glitches and hitches do come around....but to make out as the whole thing is collapsing - I am sorry, we do not agree with that," Dikshit told reporters.

"There will be some problems. There are some problems. But they are not insurmountable. If there is any concern or there is any problem, they will be addressed to," she said.

Asking people to remain "positive", she said national pride is involved with the event and every effort is being made to make it a success.

"This is not my Games, this is not your Games. This an event of the whole country. We will address all the concerns and drawbacks. There is no reason to worry...we should look at it as an opportunity. Please become positive," she said.

In a major embarrassment for organisers as well as Delhi Government, a small portion of the false ceiling near weighlifting venue in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium fell today, a day after an under-construction foot overbridge collapsed outside the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, the main venue of the Commonwealth Games, injuring 27 labourers.

Delhi Government's Public Works Department had given the contract to a private firm to construct the overbridge.

The city government has already blacklisted the company and ordered a probe into the incident.