Army called in as Games chief promises great event

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The Indian Army has started construction of a new footbridge near the main stadium for the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, after an under-construction bridge at the site collapsed few days back.

The construction work is in full swing ahead of the Commonwealth Games' Opening Ceremony on October 3.

The footbridge opposite Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium collapsed on Tuesday, injuring at least 23 labourers and highlighting fears of shoddy workmanship after severe criticism about the facilities for athletes.

Amid the perceived 'negative' media campaign, Suresh Kalmadi, chief of Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (CGOC), has taken journalists on an extensive tour of the Games Village in New Delhi.

The CGOC chief said: "We went and really bid for it, we met many people and finally got the Games. At that time I had said I will give you very good Games, and that promise is there, we will give you good Games,"

The multi-sport event which has cost India between $3-6 billion was supposed to showcase the country's rising economic and political clout, but infrastructure failures, corruption scandals and security concerns have threatened to turn the event into a farce.