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Metro to strengthen safety

Smriti Kak Ramachandran

Decision taken at emergency meeting to discuss mishaps

NEW DELHI: The DMRC will take a fresh look at all aspects of its functioning right from design to construction to operations with emphasis on strengthening the safety systems and supervision. This was decided at an emergency meeting of the Board of Directors of the metro here on Thursday.

The meeting had been called to discuss the recent mishaps at metro sites here that have left seven people dead and several injured.

To ensure there is no let-up in safety procedures at any of its construction sites, DMRC will focus on providing safety training to all its workers and enhance supervision.

“After taking stock of what happened in the past few days, it has been decided to strengthen the safety system and provide some kind of training to workers,” said an official who attended the meeting.

The emphasis, he said, would be on short-term training programme for all workers. In fact, DMRC MD E. Sreedharan on Wednesday had rued the shortage of skilled workers, technicians and good contractors.

“The training programme should be introduced at more levels, reaching out to contractors and sub-contractors,” said the official. As of now, DMRC would be responsible for imparting training to the workers, but a dialogue could be initiated with officials of technical institutes and polytechnics to take on the task, he added.

Attention will also be paid to monitoring of upcoming as well as operational sections of the metro. “There was some concerns vis-À-vis the functioning of technical teams, so it has been decided that monitoring and inspection aspects will be strengthened and if the need arises outsourced,” the official said.

The DMRC will also enhance supervision on existing and operational lines and rechecking will be carried out of the existing cantilevers.

Union Urban Development Secretary M. Ramachandran, who also attended the meeting, told The Hindu: “The DMRC makes it a target to ensure that mishaps like the ones that have happened do not occur. We are confident that such incidents will not occur.”

He said the Board would meet again next week to discuss the report of the committee set up to probe the July 12 mishap at Jamrudpur which clamed six lives. The committee, comprising Professor A.K. Nagpal of IIT Delhi, Prof. B. R. Bose of Delhi College of Engineering, and Steven Lowry, project director with General Consultants to DMRC, is yet to submit its report.

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