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Another Metro mishap injures 6
Accident occurred at the same spot where six persons were killed on Sunday

Akhila Singh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 13
Only a day after six persons were killed due to the crashing of an under construction Delhi Metro elevated section in South Delhi, as many persons were injured today at the same spot during the site clearing operation.

According to information, the mishap occurred when a part of the launching girder fell down while it was being lifted by four cranes. The injured, who sustained minor injuries, were rushed to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Beginning today morning, the operation involved bringing down the remaining portion of the collapsed launching girder, which sill rested on a pillar. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation officials had put four “heavy duty” cranes on the task, two of which were of 250 tonne capacity each and the remaining two were of 350 and 400 tonne capacity. And weight of the portion of the launching girder that was being lifted was about 200 tonne.

As the lifting operation began, one of the cranes developed a “mechanical failure” and its arm -- technically known as boom -- broke down. Subsequently, extra weight came on the other cranes, resulting in snapping of booms of two other cranes and toppling over of one of them.

The incident caused panic among workers and bystanders. A stampede-like situation followed, thus leading to the injuries. The three crane operators involved were, however, unharmed. One of the cranes fell on a shop across the street, thereby damaging its ceiling even as the DMRC had evacuated nearby shops before starting the operation.

D Luthra, an eyewitness and an engineer himself, was of the opinion that the accident could had been averted. “I don’t know the reason for arranging the cranes with the heavier ones being on the edges. They should have put the strongest one on the extreme left. As they started picking the launcher, the cranes came down one after the other,” he said.

Countered a DMRC spokesperson: “The clearing operation involved danger, as it is being done in a very congested place. It involved dismantling of a launching girder and an already constructed girder.” Post today’s incident, 80 per cent of the damaged launching girder lay crashed to the ground while the rest was still up on the concrete elevated span.

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Sreedharan takes back resignation
Akhila Singh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 13
Taking back his charge as the managing director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), E Sreedharan, was seen in action shuttling between the Zamrudpur metro construction site and the metro headquarters this morning.

Sreedharan withdrew his resignation after Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Lt. Governor Tejendra Khanna and Minister of Urban Development Jaipal Reddy wrote a letter to him yesterday pursuing him to continue his work.

Welcoming his decision not to quit, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said, “He is a very eminent person. He has done so much work. An inquiry has been instituted (into the causes of the accident), let's see what went wrong. We want him and everyone wants him.”

Explaining the reasons for turning down the resignation, Dikshit said, “I refused the resignation of Sreedharan because the Delhi Metro is a type of work that is not only necessary for Delhi but has made Delhi proud. The fast progress of construction has been possible only because of E. Sreedharan.”

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit also said that action in the South Delhi’s under construction Badarpur-Central secretariat line mishap would be taken after the probe panel submits its report. The probe panel has been constituted by the DMRC.

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Tragedy 'divine retribution'

They shouldn't have chopped a 100-year-old tree, some residents said Monday after two accidents at a Delhi Metro construction site killed six people and injured many.

They were referring to a peepal tree that was “mercilessly chopped overnight” for the benefit of metro construction some time back. The tree was reportedly located next to a Hanuman temple that still stands. The tree was barely a couple of metres away from the accident site where six people were killed on Sunday and 15 injured when a section of the metro rail track under construction collapsed. Six people were injured again in the second accident at the same spot on Monday. — IANS

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