Iain Hall's SANDPIT

Home » Engineering. » Welcome to the 2010 ‘Dikshit’ Commonwealth Games

Welcome to the 2010 ‘Dikshit’ Commonwealth Games

There has been a lot of hype about New Delhi not being ready for next week’s Commonwealth games.

It’s all a media beat-up. We should just listen to the person in charge. The one who really knows. 

Delhi’s Mayor (or chief minister): 

Indian officials tried to downplay the incident, with Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit saying:

“Do not make it look like the whole thing has collapsed. They are not insurmountable problems. For the past month there have been incessant rains. Sure it is a problem, but not a major one.”

Sheila is right, this is a piffling problem. Who needs a footbridge anyway? It’s no big deal. Let them walk across the freeway to the stadium; it’s all part of the Delhi experience.

And just because the engineering company behind the collapsed footbridge also built the steel supports for the main stadium and the netball & cyling venues is no reason to worry either.

Okay, the roof in the wrestling arena has caved in too and the athletes’ accommodation is a filthy shambles after being used to house the workers and left in a mess complete with dog turds. So what? Welcome to India – get used to it!

Look, just because they “used the same steel and concrete in-fill methods to build the orange aerial pedestrian walkways that, in 10 days, must support thousands of spectators as they enter the JLN stadium” is no cause for concern. There won’t be any Indian spectators getting killed; they can’t afford the tickets!

And don’t worry about the integrity of the refitted existing stadium that was already riddled with concrete cancer. It’s only got to stand up for 2 weeks. Heck, I’ve known cancer patients to survive for years!

No, these buildings were specifically designed with the limited skills of Indian construction workers in mind. You can rest assured with these soothing words from the Aussie architects that all will be fine:

Australian architectural firm Peddle Thorp is behind at least five Commonwealth Games venues. Architect Chris Godsell said … he was “not at all surprised” to hear of Tuesday’s bridge collapse.”We went there with 21st century ideas and found a workforce still really stuck in the 19th century,” Mr Godsell said. “You’re talking about shapes and forms from the 21st century; you can draw them on a computer but then you put a computer beside the Indian workforce and you couldn’t find two things further apart.

So what’s the problem? Come on over. There’s more chance you’ll be killed by a terrorist than a collapsed building. Welcome to the Dikshit Games!

1 Comment

  1. powerofnic says:

    Well if Architect Chris Godsell said … he was “not at all surprised” to hear of Tuesday’s bridge collapse, than what’s the problem if its come to construction, it can be manage but the more or we can say the big problem is There’s more chance you’ll be killed by a terrorist than a collapsed building, and i agree to this fact, hope everything should go in right way so that India’s prestige remain up as so far it is…

Comments are closed.

Welcome to the Sandpit

I love a good argument so please leave a comment

Please support the Sandpit

Please support the Sandpit

Do you feel lucky?

Do you feel lucky?

%d bloggers like this: