After reinforcement rods for a pier construction for Metro 7 collapsed at Aarey Junction on the Western Express Highway last week, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has shot off a notice to the contractor, J Kumar Infrastructure, and the consultant, AICA Consortium.
In a notice dated October 23, the chief engineer has asked them “to examine the causes of the accident and submit a report and recommendations to avoid such incidents in future”. The report is expected to be submitted within this week. “We have sent them a notice seeking the reasons for the collapse and what they will do to prevent such incidents in the future. We will decide the future course of action based on their response,” said a senior MMRDA engineer.
The reinforcement rods of pier no. 5 fell onto the service road during construction activity on Saturday closing the road. The contractors then cut the rods to clear the way. A similar incident had occurred near Shankarwadi in Jogeshwari in June when iron rods bent towards the road near the construction site. While the MMRDA had attributed it to strong winds, it had sent a notice to the contractor and consultant.