Rain proved to be a damper for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) hopes to open both sides of the road near the Zamrudpur Metro construction site on Wednesday. The clearing operations,however,continued for the third day since the accident at the construction site.
The 72-metre launching girder,which had collapsed was successfully cut into 15-metre pieces and the part resting on the concrete span was pieced into a seven-metre section separately. The debris and damaged pieces of the launching girder are still being removed using a 350-tonne crane and two 100-tonne cranes.
The fallen pre-stressed concrete (PSC) span has also been provided with adequate support so that the parts do not fall during their removal. Trestle arrangements,wedge packing,sand bags and safety nets have been installed to ensure complete safety, said Anuj Dayal,spokesperson,DMRC. As crane movement is on at the site,traffic is still moving only from Moolchand to Nehru Place.
Meanwhile,Shirish Patel and Associates,who were appointed to undertake a technical audit of critical structures,has started its work,DMRC officials said. B P Singh,an expert on erection of heavy structures,too,has commenced his inquiry into Mondays mishap involving cranes.
Though the DMRC chief had announced that the mishap is expected to delay the commissioning of the Central Secretariat-Badarpur corridor by three months,DMRC officials told Newsline the delay might not happen as work on the site will resume soon after the site-clearing operations are completed. The pier cap of pillar 67,which crashed,will be reconstructed but the pillar remain as it is good shape,a DMRC official said.
Compensation paid to kin of dead,injured: DMRC
DMRC maintained that compensation to the next of kin of those who died in the accident and the injured persons was paid.
Out of Rs 5 lakh,Rs 50,000 has been paid as interim relief to relatives of each of the six persons who died in the accident. The rest of the amount,Rs 4.5 lakh,will be converted into fixed deposit for three years,said DMRC officials.
Seven persons,who suffered major injuries,have also been given full compensation of Rs 50,000; while eight persons with minor injuries have been paid Rs 10,000 each. There were no grievous injuries,such as amputation,therefore,compensation of Rs 2 lakh has not been released yet.
Penalty yet to be decided
The amount of fine or penalty or other impositions on the contractor will be decided by the DMRC only after receiving the inquiry report and after a complete assessment of the damage. Unlike some media reports,no amount has been decided yet,said officials.