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Cardboards replace eroded sand at Village

delhi Updated: Oct 09, 2010 00:57 IST
Vijaita Singh
Vijaita Singh
Hindustan Times
Vijaita Singh

The earth below the steel boundary walls at the Games Village has started eroding barely a week after it was opened for the athletes.

This has resulted in huge gaps below the walls. The Delhi government is using cardboard cartons, flowerpots and sandbags to plug the gaping holes.

These gaps had irked the security agencies who asked the Delhi government to fill the cavity as it was a major concern.

"Though they have put barbed wires over the boundary walls there are huge gaps below. We asked them to plug the holes as it could be used by anyone to slither in," said a senior police officer.

"When we asked them to put concrete below the boundary walls they said it was not possible to complete the work in such a short span of time. So as a makeshift arrangement they put carton boxes and sandbags that were left during the construction work," said the officer.

The police said though they have deployed adequate men near the boundary walls there was always a possibility for human error.

Some of the cardboards that were placed beneath the walls to stop any kind of trespassing, even by animals, had started to rot.

"We have complained again to the agency to fix this problem. Though there is a policeman deployed every 5 metres at the Village, we cannot take any chances," said the officer. There is a gap of at least 4 ft between the boundary wall and the ground below, making it easy for anyone to sneak into the Village. These boundary walls are located near Gate number 2 and 3 of the village.

Earlier, the civic authorities had caught more than 250 dogs from the premises of the Games Village when several countries had complained about unhygienic conditions inside.

More than 7,000 athletes and officials are staying in the residential towers at the Village.