Three separate committees will look into the reasons for the worst accident so far at the site of an infrastructure project in the city. Two workers were killed and three others injured while trying to put in place a 60-tonne guideway beam for the monorail project at Jijamata Nagar near Rashtriya Chemical Factory in Chembur. The accident has also pushed MMRDA’s plans of holding a trial run in August.
“L&T will be carrying out its own inquiry. The consultants of the project Louis Berger will also probe the matter. MMRDA, too, will appoint a committee of independent experts to investigate the matter,” said additional metropolitan commissioner Ashwini Bhide.
Guideway beams are the trickiest to install on the monorail alignment. The beams that are 27 metres long and have a radius curve of 55 metres are difficult to manoeuvre and install. One of the beams fell to the ground causing the death of a worker, Baldev Singh. The other worker was trapped under the second beam and died on the spot. His body was removed after three-and-a-half hours.
MMRDA officials claimed the preliminary cause of the accident seemed to be failure of the support system that caused the left beam to fall and topple the adjacent beam. “It would be difficult to put the blame on anyone right now. We will wait for the reports to come before we take action against anyone,” Bhide added.
The accident has raised questions on MMRDA’s safety norms. MMRDA officials claimed they were evaluating safety parameters and would come up with guidelines to ensure safety of workers. “Safety equipment is provided but in many cases workers don’t wear it claiming it hinders their work. But, we are looking at coming out with rules which make it compulsory for workers to wear safety equipment,” Bhide said.
The two victims of the incident, meanwhile, will be given compensation of 8 to 10 lakhs each. All the victims belong to Lakinpurkheri in Uttar Pradesh.
The accident has also caused a set back to MMRDA’s plans of conduction a trial run on the Metro in August. MMRDA wanted to conduct the trial run for the cities first Monorail line on a four-kilometer stretch between Wadala to Mysore Colony. The accident occurred on the spot the route where the trial runs were to be carried out.