Namma Metro: Seven accidents in 11 months

Namma Metro: Seven accidents in 11 months

 File photos of accidents at metro construction sites.

In the past 11 months, there has been seven accidents claiming four lives and injuring four others on the project site. Most of the accidents occurred either due to lack of adequate supervision by on-site engineers, safety inspectors, contractors and possible negligence by labourers during work.

Last December, a crane toppled into a pit dug for laying a pier on CMH Road, in Indiranagar. However, no injuries were reported. But the second time, an accident claimed the life of a 20-year-old security guard, who came under the wheels of an earthmover on MG Road-Brigade Road junction on January 11, 2009.
A few days later, four workers were injured during a demolition operation in Rajajinagar I Block, on January 29, when a wall caved in. Again, on May 23, a worker died in another demolition work, when a building wall collapsed on Mahakavi Kuvempu Road in Rajajinagar.

In July, labourer Sangappa Dasappanannavar (23), a native of Bellary employed by contractor Binyas to demolish properties for Bangalore Metro project succumbed to injuries. He was severely wounded when a wall he was demolishing, near Lalbagh West Gate, Reach 4 collapsed.

On August 3, an under construction pier foundation slipped while handling on CMH Road, injuring two labourers.Pier that collapsed is a part of CMH Road station that is being constructed by contractor IVRCL-18CR. On October 6, an iron rod fell on a Reva electric car on M G Road, at Webb’s junction, opposite to Raheja Towers. Lucky enough, the occupants escaped unhurt. However, the windshield of the car was shattered.
Strangely, BMRCL authorities who claimed that an inquiry was conducted after each accident, has however not made any reports public. They have only stated that safety norms are in place but have not been followed by on-site engineers, who oversee work on site.

When asked if any accident-prone stretches have been identified by the traffic police on Metro corridor, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic and Security), Praveen Sood said most of the accidents were within the project’s barricaded area and not on open roads.
 “We are in coordination with BMRCL on a daily basis. The traffic authorities will not allow traffic movement when piers and girders are being laid at concrete bridges across Metro corridor. Barricades will be erected on various stretches of Bangalore Metro project, when the girder launching work is in progress. This is to ensure that accidents do not occur,” he added.