Metro Bridge Collapse Kills Five, DMRC Boss Quits

Five people, including an engineers belonging to Gammon India, were killed when an under construction bridge of the Delhi Metro collapsed here on Sunday. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation chief E Sreedharan later resigned and took moral responsibility for the secod accident to hit the project in nine months.

The accident occurred at around 0500 hrs on Sunday as a pillar of the under construction caved in, in the swank Lajpat Nagar locality of South Delhi.

Gammon India is the contractor of the project.

A four member committee has been set up by DMRC to investigate the events that led to the accident; the committee will submit its report by July 22.

Later in the day, addressing the media Sreedharan described the accident as “more serious” than the one that happened in Laxmi Nagar some nine months ago.

The DMRC boss, who turned 77 on Sunday, took “full moral responsibility” for the accident and said he has dispatched his resignation to Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit and Lt. Governor Tejinder Khanna.

Sreedharan has been the DMRC Managing Director since its inception some 12 years ago.

He, however, iterated that his absence would not impact DMRC projects schedule fo completion before the Commonwealth Games kick off in the national capital next year.

Responding to queries the Delhi government maintained that it would not take a hasty decision on the matter and added that its call on the issue would be based on the city’s best interests.

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