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Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan resigns

By Onkar Singh in New Delhi
July 12, 2009 16:42 IST
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E Sreedharan, managing director of the Delhi Metro Corporation,sent his resignation letter to the Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit citing 'moral responsibility' for the collapse of a metro pillar in which five persons were killed on Sunday.

" I know I may not be directly involved in the incident . I own up the moral responsibility. Five workers were killed in the disaster, therefore I have decided to resign as managing director" Sreedharan told media-persons.

Sreedharan was in Bangalore,but rushed to Delhi on learning of the incident.

According to sources his resignation is unlikely to be accepted. The Delhi police has registered a case of negligence against private contrators and DMRC officials at Amar Colony police station and special investigation unit has been constituted to investigate the matter.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has announced an a compenstaion of  Rs 5 lakh to next of kin of those killed in the incident,  2 lakh for those seriously injured and Rs 50,000 to those who have suffered minor injuries. The matter is likely to be raised in the Parliament on Monday.
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