Written by Staff Writer by CNN Staff Writer, Wendy Lou Serman, Special to CNN

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One of Delhi's most famous local landmarks came crashing down to the ground Thursday morning, leaving a chunk of concrete rippling out onto busy Thakur Marg.

After a power outage at 9:40 a.m., the structure came crashing down at a height of 18 meters (59 feet).

It was the latest in a string of failures of a fanciful design intended to create a 12-storey residential and commercial complex on the site known as the Bakshi Stadium.

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A long and bizarre history

The stadium, which stretches for more than three kilometers (just over two miles), was built in the early 1900s and declared a public park by India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.

But that wasn't enough to appease residents from nearby building blocks, whose frustrations led to political unrest in the area in 1952.

Local resident Surinder Singh attributes many of Delhi's more infamous recent blunders to a misguided desire to honour Nehru, a towering figure in the city's history.

"When Nehru ruled Delhi people couldn't speak of his personal life; they never wanted to know about him," Singh says.

"But if you bring down an ambitious project today, it seems to happen for different reasons; this is the reason it started, this is the reason it spiraled out of control."

Singh, who has lived in Delhi for 40 years, says that India is in need of better planning and infrastructure, and the authorities need to prioritize social issues.

'A shopping maze'

The stadium's other illustrious designers, Richard Bellamy and Norman Foster, served as inspiration for Thursday's implosion, conceived as part of building that cost around 2 billion rupees ($33 million) when it was first announced in 2010.

"We were all excited about the possibility of a new development, which would be a great contribution to this part of the city, as a cohesive economic zone, surrounded by new construction," explains Subodh Kumar, a member of a committee set up by the Indian government to oversee the project.

"We will leave the stadium in good shape because that's what the citizens of Delhi want. We saw this as an opportunity for our city to grow."

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The National Bridge Project -- known as BPP -- was eventually rejected due to the lack of sufficient funds and the government's failure to appoint a local firm.

The committee has since put forward a new design for the site, which would include government offices as well as residential apartments.

Though it is unlikely to go up before 2020, that hasn't stopped official suspicions of a sabotage.

"It looks like the stadium was intended to become a Christmas tree, but then when this project started people thought why would you do that?" says Kumar.

"Because they wanted to hold a competition for the best Christmas tree, then it was this idea of adding on and one day it could have become a shopping maze. All these twists and turns made it even more difficult to understand."

The festivities were being held Thursday afternoon as you read this, so we'll leave it to you to figure out who pulled off the largest headless Christmas tree in Delhi.