MUMBAI: A 50-feet long concrete slab collapsed at the Metro railway’s under-construction airport station around 4.35pm on Tuesday, killing at least one labourer and injuring 16 others, two of them critically. Naseem Khan, guardian minister for the suburbs, who informed the cabinet of the incident, said the slab slipped while it was being mounted on the scaffolding. The state government has ordered an inquiry into the incident.
Sahar police have registered a case against unidentified people under section 304A of the IPC for causing death by negligence. State health minister Suresh Shetty said all the injured and the one dead were labourers. “An enquiry has been ordered to find out whether the contractor’s shoddy work caused the incident. We will decide on the compensation to be paid to the victims,” he said.
Indications were that chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, who is scheduled to travel to Nashik on Wednesday morning, could visit the accident site later in the afternoon.
The 12 km metro railway, being built by Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL), has been plagued by several mishaps from the start. RInfra had appointed Hindustan Construction Company, which has built the Bandra-Worli Sea link, as sub-contractor for the Rs 2,356-crore project. Tuesday’s incident has again put the focus back on the quality of construction at the Metro project. Sources said inquiries into the incident and inspections may push the deadline of the much-delayed project by a month or two. More info