E Sreedharan has resigned as the chief of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation after five people were killed when an under-construction flyover of the Delhi Metro collapsed in south Delhi early Sunday morning. Thirteen people were injured and rushed to the AIIMS trauma centre.
"I take full moral responsibility for the accident. As head of the organisation, I have to take the responsibility," said Sreedharan, adding that this is the worst accident in the history of Delhi Metro.
He also said that the accident has caused a damage of Rs six crore.
Sreedharan submitted his resignation to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit after visiting the site of the accident. However, sources in the CM office have said that the resignation won't be accepted in a hurry.
The DMRC has set up a five-member committee to probe into the mishap.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Chief Minister visited AIIMS to meet the injured. She has announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the families of those who died, Rs 2 lakh for those with serious injuries and Rs 50,000 for those with other injuries.
About 30 workers were at the site when the mishap occurred. One of the pillars broke, leading to the collapse of the concrete slab. A water pipeline also burst as the heavy slab fell on it.
Police, fire brigade and ambulance are at the spot and rescue operation is being carried out.
In a similar incident in October 2008, two people died and 16 were injured when a portion of the an under-construction bridge collapsed and fell on a bus on east Delhi's busy Vikas Marg.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation blamed the contractor Afcons Infrastructure for the accident but the contractor wasn't changed as DMRC said that would mean major delays.
Some of other major metro-related accidents in the past:
August 28, 2007: A crane driver died after a concrete block fell on him.