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Lucknow Metro shuttering collapses; eight hurt

Lucknow Metro shuttering collapses; eight hurt
Eight labourers were injured, one of them seriously, when a shuttering between two under-construction pillars of Lucknow Metro, a flagship project of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, collapsed here on Sunday.

However, there was no loss of life, District Magistrate Raj Shekhar said.

He said eight workers were at the site when the incident occurred and all of them were taken out and rushed to a hospital. While seven were released after first aid, one was referred to the trauma centre of King George’s Medical University Hospital here in a serious condition.

The mishap took place hardly two weeks after a heavy slab of concrete fell on a car during metro construction when a two-inch screw came off a shuttering here.

The incident also triggered panic as it came a fortnight after a flyover collapse in Kolkata, which left 26 people dead.

“No one is trapped in the debris,” said Shekhar, who rushed to the spot along with Senior SP Rajesh Pandey to supervise relief operations and the removal of debris by diverting traffic. “The incident took place at around 7 AM when a slab of 10x2 metre which was being cast near Alambagh bus station fell down,” the district magistrate said.

“Rescue and relief works are going on. Administration, police and Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) teams are on job. We have also called National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) personnel and they have reached the spot,” the DM said.

Cranes and bulldozers were immediately deployed to clear the area and ensure normal plying of vehicular traffic.

Giving details of the incident, Pandey said the incident occurred when workers were filling concrete to reinforce the portion between two pillars at the busy Sujapura locality in Alambagh. “I was driving my vehicle when suddenly this part of the pillar fell. It is Sunday, therefore, there is not much damage otherwise more people would have been injured,” a person present at the spot said. .

An LMRC spokesman said, “Concreting work for the cross arm was going on at the site since midnight and it was about to be completed when the incident took place. The site has been cleared and the traffic has resumed.” 

The cross arm is used as a structural base to build the concourse level (middle level) of any metro station. “A director-level inquiry committee, including safety experts from the general consultants, has been constituted for conducting an inquiry into the incident. The committee will submit its report soon,” he said.

The Chief Minister said, “All safety precautions will be taken. I will inquire about incident and issue directives to ensure safety of labourers. Those injured will be given free treatment.” 
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