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Ventilation shaft crashes down at Thiruvanmiyur MRTS station

The damaged ventilation shaft at the Thiruvanmiyur MRTS station. Photo: M.Karunakaran.

The damaged ventilation shaft at the Thiruvanmiyur MRTS station. Photo: M.Karunakaran.  

Due to the wind squall and heavy rain on Monday evening, a heavy ventilation shaft crashed on to the Thiruvanmiyur MRTS station platform around 8 p.m., a Southern Railway official said.

Fortunately, no passenger was injured as the station was largely empty at that time.

The official said that this was the third time that one of the 25 feet by 20 feet ventilation shafts, made of aluminium frame and glass, had given way and came crashing down. “It is a huge safety risk. Some one could have been seriously injured.”

He added the shafts are screwed into the concrete, instead of using mortar. “In the event of sufficient wind, the structure is not able to withstand the weight.”

Over 70,000 passengers use the MRTS service in the city every day.

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