There is growing concern about the condition of Nehru Stadium in India, the venue for October’s Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, according to reports published in The Hindu.
Rain and a cave-in have caused depressions at various spots in the grassy infield and officials, who spoke to the daily on the condition of anonymity, said that there were major concerns about overall condition of the venue.
Over the past few days, increasing areas at the ground are showing signs of caving-in. A cave-in at a tunnel, to be used by performers in the opening ceremony was detected over a week ago, although officials say it has now been fixed.
A 40-tonne stage is to be erected in the middle of the ground for the opening ceremony. Work is expected to start by mid-September. The work related to keeping the helium balloons - which will provide visual effects during the show - anchored has already started. Paths created to facilitate the movement of equipment to the centre of the ground are expected to be reinforced to prevent further soil depressions.