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Metro mishap: Gammon India faces 2-year ban

DMRC submitted its Action Taken Report on July 12 incident,according to which Gammon India faces a two-year ban from construction.

Delhi Metro blamed “deficiency” in design and material for the Zamrudpur site mishap which killed six people and decided to issue a show-cause notice to contractor Gammon India asking it to explain why it should not be blacklisted for two years.

Making public the details of the three-member probe panel that went into the collapse of an under-construction bridge in Zamrudpur,DMRC Managing Director E Sreedharan said the board of directors of the organisation have “accepted the probe report in total”.

The DMRC also placed two deputy engineers,who were responsible for design and material,under suspension.

“We have accepted the report in total. The unfortunate incident took place due to design deficiency and material deficiency. The cantilever design was not adequately taken care of and provision of steel at different points were not adequate,” he told reporters in New Delhi.

“The committee found out that there was a deficiency in the design of the cantilever arm and that the concrete did not have adequate strength due to lack of (its) adequate curing,” Sreedharan said.

“We have decided to issue a show-cause notice to Gammon India asking it to explain in 21 days why it should not be blacklisted on the Delhi Metro contractors list for two years. We will be sending the notice shortly,” the DMRC chief said.

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He said a “major penalty chargesheet” has been issued to Chief Engineer (Design) Rajan Kataria “which could even mean his termination from service.”