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One killed, two hurt as loose earth gives way

A construction worker was killed and two injured after they were trapped under loose earth that collapsed while they were constructing a tunnel for a road under a railway bridge near Narela railway station in northwest Delhi on Monday.

delhi Updated: Dec 06, 2010 23:32 IST
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A construction worker was killed and two injured after they were trapped under loose earth that collapsed while they were constructing a tunnel for a road under a railway bridge near Narela railway station in northwest Delhi on Monday.

The incident occurred around midday. The three were rushed to a nearby private hospital, where one was declared brought dead, while the others were admitted. The railways have not been able to give the names or any other particulars about the workers, who were employed with a private contractor carrying out the job.

According to officials, work on the road under bridge (RUB) number 17 has been on for a few days. The job was to construct a 33-feet tunnel under a railway bridge in order to make a road.

The contractor was using what is called the “box-pushing” technique, wherein large concrete boxes are used to slowly push under the rail track and displace huge amounts of earth and pave the tunnel.

Around 90% of the job was already over. The accident happened when excavated soil caved in, burying the three labourers working there.

“Usually, there are procedures in place to make sure the excavated soil remains in place and also that the top of the tunnel is strengthened to avoid a cave in. It is possible that the contractor overlooked certain procedures,” said a railway official on condition of anonymity, as he was not authorized to speak to the media. Northern Railway has ordered a high-level inquiry to ascertain the cause and fix responsibility.