Zamrudpur incident: Key Delhi Metro files missing

On July 12 last year, the cantilevered bracket of Metro`s pillar no. 67 had collapsed in Zamrudpur.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: While the DMRC may have received laurels for introducing a world class Metro system in the national capital, its working is fast coming under scanner.

After the recent row over DMRC’s housing project on Yamuna bank, a newspaper report claimed on Tuesday that important files related to last year’s Zamrudpur accident are untraceable.

On July 12 last year, the cantilevered bracket of Metro`s pillar number 67 on the Central Secretariat-Badarpur line had collapsed in Zamrudpur in South Delhi, killing seven people.

Gammon India Ltd, the contractor for the project, was last month blacklisted by the Delhi Metro for two years.

However, it now appears that the crucial files related to the mishap have gone missing, and DMRC officials say they have been stolen.

According to the report, three important files on the Badarpur line — case file (DMRC/20/II-347B/2009) dealing with the accident and two files relating to critical comments made by DMRC`s structural expert, Gurinder Bawa — have been untraceable since October.

Kumar Keshav, director (projects), DMRC, told the newspaper that probably in the rush to open new stations for the Commonwealth Games in October, no one had kept track of the files till then.

"An internal inquiry took place the same month and filing of an FIR was recommended," he told the daily. The FIR was filed at the Barakhamba Road police station on November 8, DMRC sources said.

Structural expert Bawa, in his report, had said that there was "sufficient evidence of very poor workmanship" and use of "sub-standard" concrete in building the girders.

According to the daily, the report on the inspection of a 28 metre I-girder that failed during the pre-stressing process in the casting yard itself, days before the Zamrudpur incident, was even more damaging. The report claimed the I-girder spilt due to "a complete failure of the concrete system".

According to Metro officials, the reports had formed the basis to reject the girders cast by the contractor after the Zamrudpur accident. Further, the missing files were crucial to the action taken against the contractor, Gammon, in November this year.