A concrete slab at the under-construction metro station in Alambagh here came crashing down on Sunday morning, injuring four people and disrupting traffic on the busy Kanpur road for over nine hours.
The 4,000 kg, 10x2 metre iron and concrete slab between two pillars fell after a cross-arm and the ‘staging steel structure’ collapsed.
Sohan Lal, a labourer, suffered serious injuries in the incident and was rushed to Awadh Hospital by passersby. He was later moved to KGMU’s trauma centre, where his condition is said to be critical. The other three, two auto drivers -- Kuldeep and Hitesh Srivastava -- and a passenger Mohd Muzair, sustained minor injuries and were discharged after first aid.
The incident created panic among locals and passersby as it was initially feared that several people were trapped under the debris.
However, after the site was examined, district magistrate Raj Shekhar confirmed that no one else was trapped there. Shekhar informed that a team of 15 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel was also called for the rescue operation adding that compensation of around Rs two lakh would be given to Sohan Lal as per the labour laws.
Besides Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) officials, senior police officials, including inspector general of police, Lucknow Zone, A Satish Ganesh, rushed to the mishap site. LMRC spokesperson Amit Kumar Srivastava said work for the cross-arm was going on since Saturday and was about to be completed when the incident took place. A probe panel has been constituted to investigate the matter, he said.