A day after a portion of the under construction flyover at Lalbaug collapsed injuring a motorcycle rider, the police have booked four employees of the company—Simplex Infrastruc-ture — responsible for the construction of the flyover on Wednesday.
The police registered a case of negligence against 2 engineers, 1 supervisor and 1 mechanic.
“It has been established that the collapse was because of the negligence of the employees. I will arrest them following orders from the deputy commissioner of police,” said Police Inspector S Ubale from the Bhoiwada police station.
However, the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) said they have launched a high-level inquiry, after which they will decide who is responsible.
PRK Murthy, head of the transport and communications division said, “It is too early to comment on the cause of the accident. However, once the inquiry is over, we’ll be able to take decisive action against those responsible.”
Prima facie, Murthy added, the reason appeared to be a mechanical failure. “The construction of the flyover involves lifting segments and fitting them, with a launching girder. The stretch where the incident occurred had a slight curve, and hence it must have made the operations difficult.”
A senior MMRDA official, on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media said the company contractor had been involved in two similar accidents, while working on the Metro rail’s Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar route, one of which had claimed the life of a person.
“If the inquiry reveals that the contractor’s negligence is involved, then we shall take a strict note of it. One of the possible options could also be blacklisting the contractor,” said a senior MMRDA official, on condition of anonymity as his not authorised to speak to the media.
A small portion of the under-construction Lalbaug flyover, opposite Bharat Mata cinema in Parel, collapsed at 6.30 pm injuring Prakash Podar (31), who was on a bike. Podar suffered injuries on his leg. “Prakash had a minor injury on his right leg and has been admitted to KEM hospital," a fire brigade officer said on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.