New Delhi, Oct 19: On Sunday, Oct 19 early morning a flyover under construction for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) collapsed in Shakarpur area of East Delhi killing two people and injuring atleast 15. Several passing vehicles including a blueline bus with several passengers on board is trapped under the debris.
Initial reports suggest that ten people have sustained injuries, while several are feared trapped under the debris. The Injured have been taken to Delhi government hospital and their condition is said to be critical. The death toll is expected to rise, as several vehicles could be seen trapped under the debris.
A K Walia, the Delhi Transport Minister who visited the spot said, "Some columns supporting the bridge have come down, this is a grave tradegy...we will inquire what caused the accident." Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit said that accidents do happen and that there is no need for the Delhi government to set up an enquiry. 'Metro has a very good track record and this is the first time that something like this has happened. It is a very unfortunate incident. I can understand the trauma but that does not mean that the entire system is collapsing," she added.
DMRC admitted that the accident was caused by an unidentified technical failure. Fire fighter and metal cutting machines are employed in the rescue operations and attemps are on to rescue the trapped.
The entire area is being evacuated on fears of more parts of the flyover crashing down, which may cause more casualities.
Few months back, similiar incident had injured two people, when a part of underconstruction flyover had crashed in another location in New Delhi.