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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