HC seeks explanation from DMRC on safety measures

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 22:54

New Delhi: The High Court on Wednesday sought an
explanation from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on
allegations that it failed to take appropriate safety
measures while constructing the Metro pillars.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice
Manmohan issued notice to the Corporation and sought its reply
by August 18 on a PIL filed by the Greater Kailash residents.

The residents alleged that the Corporation failed to
comply with High Court`s order issued last year on the
precautionary measures.

"The recent accident in Zamrudpur happened due to
non-compliance of the safety measures," the petitioner
contended.

They also raised objections over Rajan Kataria, a DMRC
engineer, for being a member in the inquiry committee which is
probing into the incident citing that he may be having a
biased attitude and may not be able to judge fairly the
present situation.

The residents sought a fresh independent committee of
experts barring Kataria from inspection of safety of Metro
pillars specially for the Badarpur metro corridor linking
Defence Colony to Nehru Place.

"DMRC is not fully equipped to prevent the disaster,"
they said and suggested for adoption of Ultrasonic Technique
instead of Mirror Technology, which the Corporation is relying
on, to analyse the crack in the pillar.

Earlier, on their petition, the HC had directed the
DMRC to consider the objections raised by the residents and
allowed for construction of the pillar.

Bureau Report



First Published: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 22:54

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