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Battle still on for footbridge collapse victims


Varun Kumar,CNN-IBN
Oct 01, 2010 at 10:29pm IST

New Delhi: The Indian Army handed over the reconstructed foot-overbridge opposite the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to the Delhi government on Friday.

But it is the 27 labourers injured in the tragedy on September 21 whose struggle still continues.

The foot overbridge could well be called Delhi's Phoenix -- rising from the debris in a record time of 10 days. This foot overbridge rebuilt by the Army will now salvage the reputation of the CWG.

On September 21, this bridge has collapsed, injuring 27 labourers. While there is celebration on one hand, at the AIIMS Trauma Centre, seven of the injured are still battling -- some to recover and some for life.

Those discharged remember the pressures of a time bound site. 20-year-old Ashok who was admitted at Safdarjung Hospital says treatment post the accident was good but working conditions during the project, not quite so.

Mohamad Phoolbabu, 20, has a similar story. The fracture he sustains is the grim reminder of the lack of safety measures at the site. “We were not given any hat, safety belt or shoes,” he said.

A ray of hope for these workers came as the labour ministry handed over cheques to three of the injured labourers. But the wait for the other 20 continues with a hope that like this bridge, their confidence too will be restored in the system.

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