Two Cranes Fall over Delhi Metro Site, 12 Injured

Two cranes of the Delhi Metro fell over at a construction site on Saturday in New Delhi on the Connaught place-Gurgaon metro line in the Saidullajab area, injuring at least twelve people, two of them seriously, said police officials. However, DRMC authorities were tightlipped since the accident occurred in noon and contradicted Delhi official officials, saying nobody was injured.

The mishap, occurred due to “mechanical failure” as officials say, took place at the proposed Saket metro station in south Delhi.

“The incident took place at the Saket station. It appears that one crane developed a mechanical snag and lost its balance,” a Delhi Metro official said.

According to reports,t one of the cranes, reportedly belonging to the well-known company Larsen and Toubro Ltd. (L&T), had developed a technical snag, following which the company called for a replacement. In an attempt to move the crane, the second crane’s wire snapped leading to the accident.

Rescue operations are on and two fire tenders have rushed to the accident spot. Besides, traffic has been stopped in the area to ensure execution of rescue operations smoothly.

This metro line is set to open in March 2010.

It may be mentioned that on July 22, a labourer was killed after the iron girder at Ashok Park station collapsed. In August, a metro train derailed Dwarka Metro Station, but no injuries are reported and just last month, 1 person was killed after metro train derailed at Yamuna Banks.

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