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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Delhi Metro bridge collapses, 1 dead

A part of the flyover under construction for the Delhi Metro collapsed in the eastern part of the capital on Sunday, leaving one person dead and several others injured.

The accident happened at Vikas marg near Shakarpur in the early hours of the day, when a launcher, which is used to lift pillars, collapsed.

As a result, a pillar fell on a Blueline bus and some other vehicles.

The flyover was being constructed for Noida-Indraprastha line, which was to be operational from 2009.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corp has ordered an inquiry and chief minister Shiela Dikshit has announced Rs five lakh ex-gratia for the dead.

The injured included passersby and workers involved in the construction work. All injured were rushed to nearby hospitals, they said.

Some other vehicles were also crushed under the rubble, police said, adding the traffic at the accident site has been diverted.

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