Metro crash at Kalindi Kunj depot: DMRC suspends four officials
New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Wednesday suspended four officials, including the in-charge of the Kalindi Kunj depot, where an empty train crashed into a wall on Tuesday while being taken for washing.
DMRC MD Mangu Singh approved suspension orders based on an inquiry done by a team of three Executive Director-rank officials, DMRC chief spokesperson Anuj Dayal said.
The four officials included one deputy general manager, who was the depot incharge, one assistant manager, a junior engineer and an assistant section engineer, Dayal said.
The spokesperson said Tuesday incident was a localised incident within the maintenance shed of the depot.
This part of the depot is for maintenance of trains and without power for trains.
Trains are pulled by a shunter engine and therefore this area is not controlled by signaling system.
Accordingly, the train was doing local shunting in this part with a person on board and was not 'driverless'.
Such an operation would not affect the main line operations in any way whatsoever where public would be carried eventually.
The incident was a cause of human error and concerned officers and staff have already been suspended.
"The inquiry revealed that this incident was solely attributable to human failure as proper procedures were not followed. The brake of the train was not functional when it was being taken for washing," Dayal said.
"As a result, as soon as the operator brought the train at the ramp, it started rolling back, got derailed and hit the wall," he added.