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Cracks noticed on metro pillars connecting Noida

July 27, 2009 11:13 IST
Cracks have been noticed on two piers with cantilevers on the newly constructed Yamuna Bank- Noida Metro line during an inspection of all Metro structures, a move taken up after the July 12 mishap which claimed six lives.

The cracks have been noticed at a time when the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has begun trial runs on the much-awaited Yamuna Bank-Noida line, which is set to be opened for public by the end of August.

Shirish Patel and Associates, a consultant appointed to check Metro structures especially cantilevers on all the under construction Phase II lines, noticed the cracks on Saturday.

Following the consultant's report, DMRC Managing Director E Sreedharan visited the site on Sunday. The cracks were spotted and Piers 10 and 14, which are located near the Indian Oil building in Sector 14 of Noida, and Sreedharan said the crack on Pillar 14 was superficial, while he order a thorough inspection into the pier 10.

The Noida stretch was constructed by Gammon India, which is also contractor of the Central Secretariat-Badarpur where the mishap occurred. The trial runs on the 13.1-km-long Noida line have only been started on the Yamuna Bank-New Ashok Nagar stretch for now and will be extended to Noida City Centre Sector 32 after 10 days.

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