Nearly a week after a major accident on the under-construction Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro,Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL),the special-purpose vehicle implementing the project,said it had decided to appoint an independent firm to conduct a safety audit at all Metro construction sites.
The Reliance Infrastructure-led MMOPL has also asked all sub-contractors to suspend work till such time that the independent firm completes safety checks and ensures that the highest safety standards are being followed.
MMOPL will resume construction once we are confident that all contractors/ vendors are committed to safety norms. This will not have any impact on the project cost and deadline, a spokesperson said.
Sources said the audit may take five to six days.
The construction of Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro,which began in February 2008,is scheduled to be completed by March 2013. Last week,an escalator beam being concretized at the Airport Road Metro station fell from a height of about 15 metres,killing a labourer and injuring 16. So far,12 of the injured have been discharged from hospital. This was the eighth accident on the Metro since construction of the 11.4-km corridor started.
Preliminary investigation suggests unforeseen underground changes caused by unprecedented rain led to the collapse of the above staging structure and caused the accident, the spokesperson said,adding that MMOPL had appointed an inquiry committee of experts.
A board meeting of MMOPL will be held on Tuesday at 4 pm in the presence of senior MMRDA officials,the nodal agency for the project. MMRDA has also formed an independent two-member committee to probe the mishap.
Reliance Infrastructure,an Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group company,holds the majority 69 per cent stake in MMOPL,Veolia Transport holds 5 per cent,while MMRDA the remaining 26 per cent.