A major accident took place in Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka. A woman and her two-and-a-half-year-old son died tragically when a pillar of an under-construction Metro fell on the Outer Ring Road here. According to the police, the incident took place around 11 am when the TMT rebar used for the construction of the pillar fell on his scooter. The height of the pillar is said to be more than 40 feet and the weight is several tonnes. The people around immediately took the dead to the nearest hospital.
Police said they have registered a case and further investigation will be done. Due to this incident, there was a jam on the road for some time. At the same time, Vijayakumar, the father-in-law of the deceased woman, said that safety measures were not taken during the construction of the Metro pillar. The construction work at the incident site should be stopped immediately.
Announcing an ex-gratia of 20 lakhs to the victim's family, Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) MD Anjum Parvez said that the woman and her child were badly injured when the pillar fell, later they died. This is a very unfortunate incident. An ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakh will be given to the victim's family.
He further added that we follow the highest quality standards in manufacturing. The matter will be thoroughly investigated. We will see whether it was a technical fault or a human one. He said that steps would be taken to ensure that such incidents do not recur.
Karnataka Congress targeted
Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar said that the pillar of the metro in Bengaluru collapsed. This '40% commission' is the result of the government. There is no quality in the development works. People are losing faith in this government. There is corruption everywhere.
While demanding the resignation of the Chief Minister, Congress MLA Sowmya Reddy expressed grief over the death of a woman and a child due to the collapse of an under construction Metro pillar. He said that till now people used to die due to potholes, but now the pillars are breaking. This is a clear case of negligence and corruption of the BJP government. The Congress MLA demanded that the Chief Minister of Karnataka should resign. It is a clear case of deficient work and people have been victimized by it.