The MCD today said the collapse of a wall at the site of an under-construction underground car parking being built by it in old Delhi was due to a leakage or breach on a water pipeline near the spot.

The wall at the three-level Parade Ground parking lot being built opposite Red Fort to accommodate 800 cars gave in early in the morning, also bringing eight tehbazari kiosks down and damaging three tempos (three-wheeler vehicles).

Nine labourers were trapped inside after the incident and were rescued later.

An MCD official said Municipal Commissioner K S Mehra had in the morning directed City Zone Deputy Commissioner Krishan Kumar to conduct an inquiry and submit a report to him.

According to the report submitted, the incident took place due to a leakage or breach of the water main pipe passing through about seven metres away under the Esplanade Road.

“Prima facie it appears that due to the leakage of water main line and sudden collapse of water static tank this has happened. There were tehbazari kiosks on footpath along the boundary wall of Parade Ground. There were also some loading and unloading going on along the boundary wall through the tempos,” the official said citing the report.

The work was awarded to SMS infrastructure Ltd in January this year. The excavation work was started in March, he said.

The consultant for design, drawing and day-to-day supervision is Meinhardt (Singapore) PTE Ltd.

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