The distance between two columns of an overpass under construction – part of Dwarka Highway – It collapsed near NH-48 in Rajukri, southwest Delhi, slashing a 35-year-old maid to death early Wednesday. According to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), which is carrying out the project, at first glance it appears to be a case of mechanical failure.

The victim has been identified as Shakil from Bharatpur state from Rajasthan, who was working with a bulldozer at the site.

Senior police officers said they received a PCR call about the incident around 9 a.m. Manoj C, DCP (South West), said, “The accident occurred at a construction site where the elevated section of the Dwarka Highway link via NH-48 is being built. A span fell between two pillars,” the DCP said.

Police said at the time that Shakeel had run under the car and crushed him. Police and Delhi Fire Services (DFS) launched an operation to rescue Shakil and take him to DDU Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police said they have arrested site manager Rohit, 35, and supervisor Injam Hussain, 30, and registered a case against them under Section 304A for causing death by negligence. Police said they are being questioned about possible loopholes in the highway construction.

On March 18, work began on the flyover after traffic diversions on NH-48 for 90 days. During this period, 13 spans were erected. According to officials, the stretch that collapsed on June 2 was previously confirmed.

Senior NHAI officials said, “Shortly after the erection of the flyover, part of the Shiv Murti junction on Dwarka Highway, was toppled around 9:30 am, a team of NHAI officers, authority engineer and bridge experts immediately rushed to the site. “

Another official said, “According to initial reports, the extension was constructed and was resting on temporary benches and hydraulic jacks.”
NHAI said in its statement: “According to site reports, at first glance, it appears to be a case of mechanical failure as the structural elements of the superstructure and infrastructure are in good condition.”

The statement added that to verify the cause of the accident, a three-member team of bridge experts has been formed and two of the team members are already inspecting the site while a third member will join the investigation team. “The committee will study all the issues in detail and will submit a report within four weeks,” she said.

Last month, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said the 29.6-kilometre Dwarka highway was 75-90% complete and was likely to be completed within three to four months. He also said that the entire highway will be opened before December this year. A statement issued by his ministry later said the entire work would be completed by April 2024.

Divided into four packages, Gadkari said the first, from the Shiv Murti near Mahipalpur to Dwarka is about 60% complete. The second package of the Dwarka Urban Extension (UER) to Bajghera route is about 82% complete, while the third package of the Bajghera to Basai Rail overbridge (Delhi-Haryana border) is about 93% complete. The fourth package from Basai ROB to Kherki Daula is almost 99% complete. The part where the extension collapsed is part of the first beam.


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