If there's a design defect, shouldn't they have fixed it before they started construction? Have these people never heard of design simulation software? Such ridiculous excuses.
I think they probably used low grade steel or cement, which caused the collapse. This is what happens in the industry in India. Everyone wants to line their pockets, and no one gives a damn about the consequences of their greed. The contractors probably submitted a certain quote to the government, and then used inferior materials than the ones required, pocketing the difference. They probably also paid off the municipal officer responsible for inspections.
And now they blame design defects. Who will believe these idiots?
I think these organizations whose posters have appeared on public property should be sued for vandalism and the courts should fine them lakhs of rupees per poster. But we all know that will not happen as all the political parties do it and none will want any restrictions on unbridled advertising, so those in power will never act on such things.
And dilo ka saher delhi is hosting Commonwealth games next year......nothing more to say.....half roads and flyovers incomplete,the ones compleated are falling apart like this(few months ago a underconstruction flyover also broke down),jawaharlal nehru stadium not even 50% finished(revamption)......well ,i'm feeling very depressed this days
its a sad day for dmrc and what would be another blow to the whole project would be if mr sreedharan, a highly committed person and a tough task master is made the fall guy.
yes, the pace of work has picked up and there are deadlines to be followed which needs to be completed prior to the start of commonwealth games and this line extending to bardarpur connecting faridabad is one such line, but no way this can be allowed to be an excuse to get away with inferior stuff being used and built.
5lives have been lost, 15 more fighting for survival, there is loss to public property and this part of the project faces a delay of 3months, hopefully the chaps who are really responsible are made to face the consequences.
a committee to look into the matter has been appointed consisting of some eminent people and it is best the judgment part is left to them of what really went wrong, but hopefully they come out with their report quick enough and people responsible are taken to task.
Shock and disbelief over Sreedharan resignation
12 Jul 2009, 1917 hrs IST, IANS
NEW DELHI: Delhi Metro officials could not believe what they had heard.
Camera persons, photographers and reporters had swamped the eighth floor of the Metro Bhavan at Barakhamba Road where Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) managing director E Sreedharan was supposed to brief on Sunday's tragedy, the worst mishap in its history.
At 3.00 pm sharp Sreedharan emerged calm and composed from the restricted entry side of the conference room, where he had met with senior DMRC officials.
After clarifying details of the incident and expressing his remorse over the situation amid media frenzy, the Metro chief suddenly dropped the bomb and announced his resignation.
"I have been in charge of the Metro for the past 10 years. I take full moral responsibility for the accident, and having taken the full responsibility I resign (from the post the managing director) of the Delhi Metro," Sreedharan said.
And an awkward silence fell over the conference room for a few minutes before some reporters asked him to clarify what that meant. Was he trying to divert attention from the incident?
"I have taken responsibility as the head of the organisation. Whose fault it is, is immaterial at this point...The incident may be because of the contractor, the designers or supervisors but that doesn't take away that the entire responsibility is of the DMRC - so as its head I resign."
He added that if it was just the "first instance" he would not have taken the drastic step.
"This is a repetition of the incident in October 2008. That was a major jolt but this is more serious and an even bigger jolt."
He clarified that there was absolutely "no pressure" from officials at DMRC and that moments before when he decided to submit his resignation to Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit and Lieutenant
Governor Tejinder Khanna, his peers and colleagues had told him to reconsider.
"Normally I don't go against their advice but I told them not to intervene this time."
He said: "Perhaps, if I quit and the new man comes in - it may be a setback to the projects but my personal conviction about this can not be compromised on."
Sreedharan, 77, has been at the helm of affairs of the DMRC as since November 1997 and has been instrumental in the completion of most projects within the budget and well ahead of schedule.
Junior officials of Metro's media cell weren't aware of the decision. Tears rolled down many employees' faces after the initial shock sank in.
"We came thinking this would be a normal incident report in which MD sir would order an enquiry . This is totally unexpected," a DMRC official, who did not want to be named, said.
Another official said: "We did not think such a drastic step would be taken. I hope he reconsiders. The way DMRC works is at stake."
As Sreedharan left the room, reporters asked what would happen to Delhi Metro's pending projects and its employees, to which he replied: "I know many people will be demoralized in DMRC. But no one is indispensable in any organisation - there are more competent people."
He also said he had not spoken to the chief minister and that it was "too premature" to comment on what his future role in DMRC would be.
Sreedharan has been responsible for the construction of the Metro rail project, the modern mass transport system in the national capital that has brought relief to tens of thousands of commuters every day in this crowded city of 17 million people.
The Delhi Metro boasts of having used the most advanced technology in the field of civil, electrical, signalling and telecommunication engineering worldwide.
Delhi CM rejects DMRC chief Sreedharan's resignation
TIMESOFINDIA.COM 12 July 2009, 09:53pm IST
NEW DELHI: Taking full responsibility for the Metro bridge collapse in Delhi on Sunday, DMRC chief E Sreedharan on Sunday announced his resignation, however Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit has refused to accept it.
Rescue operation is in progress after a Delhi Metro
Rail Corporation flyover collapsed in New Delhi.
"Technically, someone else should take the responsibility but I have decided to quit," said the DMRC chief on Sunday afternoon.
Sreedharan announced his decision at a crowded press conference, soon after his visit to the site of the collapse of an under-construction bridge of Delhi Metro in south Delhi's Lajpat Nagar.
"As the head of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, I take moral responsibility for the incident...So I have decided to resign and I have put in papers and I have sent it to Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit," he said.
According to PTI, asked whether his decision will delay the Metro projects which are scheduled to be completed before the Commonwealth Games, he said, "The views you are making may be correct but my personal conviction in this matter cannot be compromised."
Delhi Government had said it was not for taking any hasty decision on the resignation of Sreedharan.
"We are not to take any hasty decision on the resignation of Sreedharan," said P K Tripathi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister.
A four-member committee will probe the collapse of an under-construction Delhi Metro span, IANS reported.
"The four-member committee will inquire into the accident and will submit its report within 10 days," Sreedharan told reporters.
The members of the probe committee are A K Nagpal of the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi, and two officials from DMRC – Rajan Kataria, head of design cell, and Steven Lowry, project director for general construction. B R Bose of the Delhi College of Engineering is the only woman member of the committee, IANS said.
Earlier in the day, six persons, including an engineer, were killed and 13 others injured when an under-construction over-bridge of the Delhi Metro collapsed, in the second such incident in eight months.
The accident took place as one of the pillars of the bridge gave in when a launcher was being erected close to Lady Sriram College in Lajpat Nagar at around 5am.