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Business News/ News / India/  Delhi news: Portion of Gokalpuri Metro Station collapses; one dead, four injured

Delhi news: Portion of Gokalpuri Metro Station collapses; one dead, four injured

Gokalpuri Metro Station collapse: A boundary wall of the elevated platform and part of a slab fell on the road below, trapping three to four two-wheelers under the debris.

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Gokulpuri metro station

A portion of the Gokalpuri Metro Station on the Pink Line in northeast Delhi collapsed on Thursday, killing one and injuring four others. The deceased, a 53-year-old man identified as Vinod Kumar by police, got trapped under the debris of the collapsed portion. Kumar, a resident of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Colony in the nearby Karawal Nagar area, was on his scooter when the debris from the collapsed wall of the elevated station platform fell on him.

According to police, four more people sustained injuries in the incident and are undergoing treatment at GTB Hospital in Dilshad Garden. Two motorcycles and two scooters were damaged in the accident.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has ordered the immediate suspension of two officials over the incident.

The incident took place at 11 am when a boundary wall on the eastern side of the elevated platform and part of a slab fell on the road below, according to police. Deputy Commissioner of Police (northeast Delhi) Joy Tirkey said that about 40-50 metres of the wall along with the slab came crashing down.

“In modification of the earlier announcement on payment of ex-gratia to the injured, DMRC has now decided to pay Rupees One lakh for minor injury, Five lakhs for grievous injury and an amount of 25 lakhs to the next of kin of the deceased," the DMRC wrote in a post on X.

“The road was cleared of the debris on an immediate basis within an hour of the incident to ensure seamless traffic movement. Two DMRC officials, a Manager and a Junior Engineer from the Civil department have been immediately suspended pending enquiry. The Executive Director\Civil\O&M is at the site for a first-hand assessment of the situation apart from officials from all concerned departments," the DMRC said in a statement.

Some DMRC officials are at the hospital to ensure all possible assistance to the injured.

All details regarding the incident have been shared with the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS).

As an abundant safety precaution, train services on the small stretch from Maujpur to Shiv Vihar are being run on a single line to attend to the fallen portion towards the Up platform on Gokulpuri station which has also been temporarily closed. However, train services on the rest of Pink Line are running normally.

At present, metro staff and cops are present at the accident site and the debris is being removed with the help of cranes and JCBs. Some portion of the slab is still hanging.

Several video clips of the incident shot on mobile phones by passersby also emerged on social media, showing policemen removing the rubble of the collapsed portion from the road and part of a ledge hanging precariously.

The Pink Line metro of the DMRC runs between Majlis Park and Shiv Vihar metro stations. The Gokulpuri Police Station is located next to the metro station, and the local staff including the Station House Officer rushed to the spot soon after the incident. Besides, the Delhi Fire Service (DFS) also sent four fire tenders for the rescue.

According to DFS Assistant Divisional Officer CL Meena, two persons were rescued by the Delhi police while two others were taken out by the fire officials.

He said the area on the road has been cordoned off till the hanging portion of the slab is removed.

A police officer said the metro station has been shut for now. An inspection will be conducted by a team of experts before repair work is carried out. Police said that a case under relevant sections of law will be registered in this matter.

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Published: 08 Feb 2024, 12:07 PM IST
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