GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Urban Development
STARRED QUESTION NO 388
TO BE ANSWERED ON 30.07.2009
Accident at DMRC Site.
SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
Will the Minister of URBAN DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:-
(a) the number of persons who lost their lives and those seriously injured in an accident caused due to the collapse of a pillar of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in South Delhi on 12 July, 2009 and another accident on the same site on 13 July, 2009;
(b) the findings of the high powered committee appointed by the DMRC to investigate the causes for the accidents and to fix the responsibility therefor and to report within ten days; and
(c) the action so far taken/proposed to be taken on the findings?
MINISTER OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT
(SHRI S. JAIPAL REDDY)
(a)to(c): A Statement is laid on the Table of the Sabha.
STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO RAJYA SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO.388 FOR 30.7.2009 REGARDING ACCIDENTS AT DMRC SITE.
(a): Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Ltd. has reported that 6 persons lost their lives and 7 persons were seriously injured in the accident on 12th July, 2009. Subsequently, one more person succumbed to injuries on 24.7.2009. 6 persons sustained minor injuries only in another accident at the same site on 13th July, 2009.
(b): The main findings of the high powered committee appointed by the DMRC to investigate the causes of the accident have been reported as under:-
(i) Serious deficiency in the design of the cantilever arm; and
(ii) The concrete not having adequate strength probably due to lack of adequate curing of the concrete.
(c): DMRC has decided to take the following action:-
i) The Design Consultant, M/s Arch Consultancy Services to be blacklisted for five years. The structural consultant, M/s Tandon Consultants, who did not give the correct advice to DMRC, is being debarred for two.
ii) Shri V.P Srivastava and Shri Mukesh Thakur, the two Deputy Chief Engineers directly responsible for the designs and site supervision, have been placed under suspension.
iii) Shri Rajan Kataria, the Chief Engineer (Design), DMRC to be issued with a major penalty charge sheet.
iv) Shri C. Mallonga, the expatriate Consultant of General Consultants, who had direct responsibility for ensuring quality of works, to be immediately de-mobilised and replaced.
v) The Contractor M/s Gammon India to be issued a show-cause notice for blacklisting for two years.
vi) Shri Vijay Anand, the Director of DMRC in whose jurisdiction this, as well as the previous accident involving a launching girder collapse, took place, has been repatriated to the Railways on his request.
vii) The DMRC has started a special drive to check all the cantilever piers so far constructed and their designs are now being rechecked by M/s Shirish Patel and Associates, a well known Design Consultant. Based on their advice, necessary action will be taken to ensure that all the cantilever piers are safe.
viii) The DMRC has also decided to get all the designs checked in future by the General Consultants or by an outside Consultancy. The Design Wing of DMRC is also being substantially strengthened.
ix) The General Consultants are also being strengthened to ensure safety and quality of construction.
x) DMRC has also initiated steps to revitalize the Tool Box Safety Drill to all the workers before commencement of the shift. DMRC has also started a crash course for three days in safety rules and regulations for every worker involved at the construction site. The entire work force will be covered within a period of 15 days.