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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Gurgaon, November 30, 2012
In the wake of the Saturday accident that claimed the life of a 21-year-old youth at one of Rapid Metro construction sites, and public outcry, the promoters swung into action and put in place a slew of safety measures.

Following HT report on Tuesday, top Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon Limited (RMGL) officials, including MD Sanjiv Rai and the project head, visited the construction sites and instructed contractors to strictly adhere to the standard operating procedures.

By Wednesday, the firm removed all concrete slabs which were blocking traffic movement along the corridor. Moreover, safety nets were put in place at overhead sites to avoid construction materials falling on the road. The firm also deployed a marshal to man the traffic.

Care has been taken to place red-coloured cones at the Saturday accident site, as construction is still going on there. Also, a signage showing the traffic diversion has been put up here.

Similarly, another sign board with reflectors has been put up near City Court building at Sikanderpur junction.

A spokesperson of the RMGL said the contractors have been told that action would be taken against them in case they were found violating the safety guidelines. The firm would slap fines on contractors in case of violation or cut salaries of those workers who are found not wearing safety helmets at construction sites. "This will work as deterrence," said the spokesperson.

The Rs. 1,099-crore Rapid Metro is the country's first privately-funded intra-city rail project. Slated to become operational early next year, the 6.1-km ring of intra-city rail service will connect the DLF Cyber City - which has a high concentration of BPOs and corporate companies- to the Sikanderpur Metro station and cut down the last-mile commuting hassles.

Meanwhile, sources in the RMGL said the firm is likely to announce an ex-gratia of Rs. 10 lakh to the kin and a job for a family member of Saturday's accident victim.