Two suspended for Metro station flaw

Two suspended for Metro station flaw

Following the findings of the report of the committee constituted to investigate the problem which has caused deflection in one of the cantilever arms of the Noida City Centre Metro Station on Dwarka - Noida line, Delhi Metro MD Mangu Singh on Saturday suspended two of its engineers over the issue.

The DMRC also said the action would also be taken against the contractor, Gammon India Ltd, as per the rules of contract.

“The findings of the Enquiry Committee were accepted by Mangu Singh. Based on the findings, he has ordered the suspension of two DMRC engineers (one junior engineer and one assistant engineer, who now works as an executive engineer) with immediate effect. Action would be taken up against the engineers as per the organisation’s disciplinary and appeal procedures (D&AR),” DMRC said in a statement.

The inquiry committee, which submitted its report in Saturday, comprised  Sahadeva Singh, Chief Project Manager – 7, Surya Prakash, Chief General Manager (Civil) and A K Gupta, Chief General Manager (Planning).

It was instituted following the detection of a deflection in one of the cantilever arms of the station on September 13, 2013.

As per the preliminary findings, the detailing of reinforcement as provided in the approved drawing has not been completely adhered to by the execution team of the contractor.
This aspect was also not verified by the DMRC engineer who failed to detect the lapses before allowing further casting of the girder, Metro officials said.

“Responsibility for ensuring work as per drawing is with design and building contractor. Action against contractor will be taken as per the terms of contract since liability lies with the contractor,” said an official.

In order to ensure that this type of failure doesn’t recur, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has also ordered that the contractor keeps photographic evidence of the material before any concreting is done so that it can be checked if the need so arises.