After five accidents, including one death, the MMRDA has decided to come down heavily on contractor Simplex Infrastructure for negligence.
After two accidents in the past on the Lalbaug flyover, which was constructed by Simplex, and two on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro rail corridor, for which Simplex has been contracted to conduct civil works, there was another minor accident at the Metro construction site on Wednesday.
A crane on the Metro construction site near the Sarvodaya Hospital in Ghatkopar tilted and fell on a nearby wall on Wednesday. The MMOPL, the consortium constructing the Metro, issued a statement saying the accident occurred due to a mechanical fault and that its safety committee has started its investigation and will soon table the findings.
A few days earlier, a concrete block from a non-structural component of the 2.45-km Lalbaug flyover fell on the junction below around 10 pm. No one was injured.
“We are fortunate that today’s accident was not more serious. The recent accident on the Lalbaug flyover was due to negligence. We are lucky that it happened at night. It could have easily hurt someone,” said Rahul Asthana, MMRDA Metropolitan Commissioner. “We are going to take very heavy action against the contractor. We will keep the past record of the contractor in mind.”
The MMRDA had earlier slapped a fine of around Rs 5 lakh on Simplex when a pothole had surfaced on the newly-constructed Lalbaug flyover, touted as the longest in the city, last monsoon. However, this is the first time that the MMRDA would be penalising the contractor for an accident.
Earlier, in 2010, while the construction of the flyover was underway, a cantilever of the flyover had collapsed and fallen on three cars and a motorbike, injuring one person.
In 2009, a metal scaffolding had collapsed at the Metro construction site, injuring two workers. Earlier in 2008, a 60-tonne piling rig had overturned at the Metro work site, killing one person and seriously injuring another. An MMOPL spokesperson said the consortium had levied appropriate penalty against the contractor.
“For the Metro accidents, the MMOPL was to take action. For the accident at the Lalbaug flyover in 2010, we had made Simplex pay for the damages, but did not levy any separate penalty,” said Dilip Kawathkar, spokesperson for the MMRDA.
“With regard to today’s accident, the crane did not belong to Simplex. It is just that the accident happened at the Simplex construction site. The company did not have anything to do with it,” said a Simplex spokesperson.
Category: Accident Report