Month after accident,probe panels yet to submit report

MMRDA and the Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) had ordered separate probes into the accident

Written by Express News Service | Published: October 7, 2012 2:42 am

MMRDA and the Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) had ordered separate probes into the accident

A month after a major accident on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro construction site,the city’s development authority and the consortium in charge of the construction are yet to get a detailed inquiry report on the accident based on which they can decide which agency to take action against.

The probe report on the accident,that had left one person dead and injured 16 others,was to be originally submitted within a fortnight of the accident.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and the Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) had ordered separate probes into the accident.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority had appointed a two-member committee of K V K Rao,a professor in the civil engineering department of IIT Bombay and S B Tamsekar,chief engineer at PWD,while the MMOPL was to conduct an internal inquiry.

“The IIT professor has asked for some additional information on the design from the contractor for further analysis. The committee has also sought extra time to study soil test details. We have requested them to give the report as early as possible. It should be submitted by Tuesday,” said P R K Murthy,chief of transport and communications at the MMRDA.

An MMOPL spokesperson said while the internal inquiry is on,the consortium is looking forward to the report ordered by the MMRDA as it would be a third-party perspective by experts.

The accident had taken place on September 4 when an escalator beam that was being concretised at the Airport Road Metro station collapsed along with the staging.

The report will throw light on the exact cause of the mishap and pin the agency responsible,as after the accident,the sub-contractor Hindustan Construction Company,MMOPL and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority were passing the buck on each other.

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