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Commonwealth builders die in India

Construction workers building venues for the Commonwealth Games are dying in New Delhi because of a lack of safety equipment.

The pace of work has been stepped up by the games’ organising committee to get sites ready for the swimming, weightlifting and athletics events.

At least 43 workers have died and 415,000 contract construction workers are not being paid properly and working overtime for free, according to a court-appointed monitoring panel.

New Delhi High Court appointed the committee in January in response to allegations that workers were living in crowded accommodation with no protection from the winter elements, no electricity and filthy toilets.

India’s Commonwealth Games officials recently declared the pace of construction slow and said repeatedly missed deadlines threatened the event.

The games are scheduled to be held from October 3-14 and will feature 71 nations and territories of the old British Empire.

Conditions at the construction sites were poor and many accidents went unreported, while workers continued to work without proper safety gear, the monitoring panel’s report said.

Indian organising committee officials did not immediately respond to the report.

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