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Gammon India responsible for Metro crane mishap: panel

Gammon India responsible for Metro crane mishap: panel
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First Published: Wed, Jul 22 2009. 07 09 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Jul 22 2009. 07 09 PM IST
New Delhi: A probe panel looking into the crane mishap at a Delhi Metro site during debris clearance on Wednesday held the contractor Gammon India responsible for the unusual incident which it said was due to mismanagement and lack of professionalism.
“We have received the report on the snapping of cranes in Zamrudpur. It holds contractor’s mismanagement and non-professional approach as the reasons for the mishap,” Delhi Metro chief E. Sreedharan said.
The DMRC has appointed B.P. Singh, an expert on cranes and former general manager of NALCO, to inquire into the 13 July mishap when a crane toppled over and booms of two other cranes broke during site-clearing operations at Zamrudpur.
Sreedharan said Gammon India used four cranes at the same time which was not the practice. “Two cranes should have been used instead of four. Once you use four and if one of them develops a snag, then everything goes wrong.
“The report also said that the clearance of girder from the site should have been done in two stages. There is a sheer error in judgement. Fortunately, only four cranes were lost but it is a very major incident,” he said.
Delhi Metro officials said that the probe report on the 11 July accident when an under-construction bridge collapsed in Zamrudpur killing six persons is likely to be submitted by Thursday.
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First Published: Wed, Jul 22 2009. 07 09 PM IST