The litany of woes plaguing the Mumbai Metro continues. In another on-site accident, the fourth since construction began in February 2008, two labourers were injured when iron rods used to raise the pillar of a Metro line collapsed on Monday afternoon.
The rods fell on a car at Chakala in Andheri East, damaging the vehicle.
The incident occurred when a temporary scaffolding and the reinforcement cage made up of iron rods leaned on one side and toppled over.
Further damage was avoided as the rods fell on a section of the road that was closed to traffic. The injured have been hospitalised.
The Rs 2,356-crore Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar line is being built on a 11.07-km stretch that runs in the busiest and most congested parts of the city.
Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL), which is constructing the Metro, has acknowledged that the incident occurred due to mistake by the contractors.
“According to the preliminary information available, the reason behind the incident is believed to be the mistake of Simplex, the contractor carrying out construction work of the pier,” an MMOPL spokesperson said.
“However, MMOPL will investigate the exact reason behind the incident.”
Skywalk construction material falls
An autorickshaw driver was injured after a construction material of the Vasai skywalk fell on his vehicle on Monday morning.
“When the crane was lifting the roof member, it hit an object and lost balance, causing the block to fall,” said MMRDA spokesperson Dilip Kawathkar.
Passengers in the autorickshaw escaped injuries, but the driver hurt his leg. He has been admitted to hospital.
The Rs 18.25-crore Vasai skywalk is being built by contractor J Kumar.
Part of the 615-metre long skywalk will be thrown open to the public in December.