A day after a construction worker was killed when a crane malfunctioned at the under-construction Commonwealth Games Village Delhi, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has initiated an inquiry into the incident.
DDA spokesperson Neemo Dhar said the chief engineer of the project has been asked to submit a report on the mishap and also on allegations of officials flouting safety measures.
Dhar added a case has been registered against Ahluwalia Contracts India Limited, the civil contractors of the project.
“We are not taking the incident lightly. We are taking all possible legal action against the contractor. A penalty is being levied on the contractor and an inquiry has also been initiated,” said Dhar.
The worker was killed when a broken part of the crane fell on his head. Another labourer escaped with minor injuries.
Labourers alleged it was not the first time a worker was killed at the construction site.
“Such incidents keep happening in the complex. In most cases, the contractor and the staff remove the bodies before anybody can find out,” alleged a labourer requesting anonymity.
A large workforce missed work on Monday and raised slogans against the contractor and the developer of the project. They were accompanied by labour organisations who were demanding a congenial working environment for workers.
Rubbishing the allegations, that accidents are a regular feature at the construction site and most accidents go unreported, Dhar said it was an attempt of critics to tarnish the reputation of the DDA and the project.