Crane Accidents

Businessman Killed in Machine Collapse at Jaipur Metro Site


Jaipur, India

A prominent businessman of the city was killed when a piling machine at a Jaipur Metro project site collapsed and fell on his car near Sushilpura on Thursday afternoon. The victim, Vikram Maheshwari (35), was the franchise owner of Talwalkars Gym in Jaipur.

Maheshwari was on way to his C-scheme office when the mishap occurred around 3 pm between Queen’s Road and Amanisha Nala on Ajmer Road. The casualty could have been higher had it been a peak traffic hour, said witnesses.

“I saw the machine fall and screamed,” said Om Prakash, an eyewitness, who called up Sodala police. There was neither any technical staff nor any policemen around. Later, a few passersby and local police took out Maheshwari from his car which got entangled in the machine. It took nearly half an hour to extricate Maheshwari, who passed away near Bais Godam on way to hospital.

“The piling rig was hired by M/s ITD Cem India, the contractor executing the project, from M/s BC Contractors. Prima facie, it appears that the piling machine toppled due to improper operation and fell on the Hyundai Santro in which the person was travelling,” said a Jaipur Metro office communique.

A committee comprising director, projects, JDA, general manager (civil) and joint general manager (safety) of Delhi Metro has been constituted to probe the accident. The committee will file the report in three days.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, which is constructing the Jaipur Metro, will pay an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased. Sodala police said they have registered a case against the contractor, crane operator, crane manufacturer and metro officers.

The construction work for Jaipur Metro had begun on November 13 and the accident has raised a serious question mark on the safety front as the first phase passes through many crowded areas including the Walled City. It was only on Wednesday that the Union urban development minister gave in-principle nod to the second phase of the project.

“We are looking into what exactly caused the accident. The crane operator has disappeared,” said Lalit Meghnani, Jaipur Metro project in-charge. “We are probing how old the machine was,” he added.

Interestingly, in July 2009, after the accident at Delhi Metro site which killed five persons, DMRC chief E Sreedharan had resigned and the licence of contractor, Gammon India, was cancelled. However, in the case in Jaipur, the FIR has no mention of any person or the company executing the work. In fact, an urban development official went on to say that site belonged to BRTS and not Metro project.

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