Delhi Metro dismisses engineer

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THE MORNING AFTER: The state of affairs at the Delhi Metro site on Monday, 24 hours after the mishap.
THE MORNING AFTER: The state of affairs at the Delhi Metro site on Monday, 24 hours after the mishap.

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: A day after an under-construction metro railway elevated corridor collapsed in the Capital’s trans-Yamuna area leaving two persons dead and a dozen injured, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on Monday dismissed an assistant engineer, suspended a junior engineer, imposed a fine of Rs.10 lakh on the contractor and removed the project manager and deputy project manager of the contracting company AFCONS from all DMRC works. According to DMRC officials, the assistant engineer in charge of the site has been dismissed from service and one junior engineer at the site has been suspended.

DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal said: “There are 24 launchers working in various parts of the city in Phase II of the project. All of them will be subject to very detailed inspection and only after they are again certified as completely safe will launching operations re-commence.”

He said each launcher would be thoroughly checked for maintenance, bolt tightening, anchoring, availability of safety railings, proper access, hand-rails, proper lighting on top of the launcher, load testing and checking of pins. “The chief project managers have been directed to increase the number of traffic marshals at all metro launching sites and provide more training to the marshals. The public has been advised to follow the directions of traffic marshals at all times. There will be more night inspections at all launching sites,” said Mr. Dayal.

The report of the high-level technical committee comprising Prof. S. N. Sinha of IIT Delhi, international safety expert and DMRC consultant Des Charnock, and DMRC Chief Engineer (Design) Rajan Kataria is expected within ten days. “In the interim, a fine of Rs.10 lakh has been imposed on the contractor AFCONS and further action against the contractor will be decided on completion of the inquiry. So far it appears that some mechanical failure or material failure of the launcher caused the imbalance and toppling,” said Mr. Dayal.

For those grievously injured in Sunday’s mishap, an ex-gratia payment of Rs.2 lakh each has been announced while for those with minor injuries Rs.10,000 will be paid. The next of kin of the deceased will get Rs.5 lakh as ex-gratia apart from the compensation under the Workman Compensation Act.

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