Crane crash at another Delhi Metro site

TROUBLE SPOT: The scene at the Delhi Metro railway construction site in Said-ul-Ajaib area near the historic Qutab Minar soon after the mishap on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: - Photo: V. Sudershan

Smriti Kak Ramachandran

NEW DELHI: A huge crane at an under-construction Delhi Metro railway station at Saket here toppled over on Saturday, causing panic in the city. Even as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation maintained that there was no casualty, it is feared that a number of labourers were injured.

“The 50-tonne capacity crane, which was lifting a smaller capacity crane (Hydra), developed a mechanical problem as one of the cylinders used for lifting the boom (lifting arm) of the bigger crane failed,” said a Metro spokesperson.

The crane, hired by Larsen and Toubro from Global Hydraulic Sales, was manufactured in 2006 and certified fit for operations.

“The Chief Project Manager from DMRC and other senior officers are supervising the recovery work and we maintain there were no casualties,” the spokesperson said.

Saturday’s mishap, which took place at 12-15 p.m. on the Connaught Place-Gurgaon metro line in Said-ul-Ajab area, was the fourth since July 12 pertaining to the Metro when an under-construction pier at Jamrudpur had collapsed leaving seven persons dead. The following day six workers were injured when a crane being used to lift the launcher for clearing the construction toppled over. The mishap occurred after the booms of two other cranes that were working in tandem with this crane snapped.

On July 23, a construction worker was killed, hit by a falling steel beam which got disconnected from the crane that was lifting it at an under-construction site in Punjabi Bagh.

On August 12, a train derailed near the metro station at Dwarka and this was followed by a similar derailment on the Yamuna Bridge on September 13.