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PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:07 pm    Post subject: Delhi Metro corporation Collapse Reply with quote

Members,
The basic presumption of Metro being run efficiently seems to be in doubt.Reliability of opertional performnce is not certain everyday for the users..Please learn it from the daily passengers.Series of accidents during construction and daily operation failure experienced should urge him to return all awards he procured over a period of time by many means.with a sense of responsibility
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The controlling/guiding persons should be changed/ replaced with younger dynamic professionals.
None will create dependable successor in today's selfish attitude of personal glorification.. ...

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To: general@sefindia.org
Sent: Wed, July 15, 2009 3:43:57 PM
Subject: [SEFI] Re: Metro Bridge Collapse At Jamrudpur in Delhi-Learnt No Lesso

Dear All, I am reproducing below the article published in Business Standard, and also available in the website of MSN News, which is very relevant. I personally will add one more mistake that he has done, according to me, the issue which no body has raised so far. Mr Sreedharan has made the third mistake of setting up an enquiry committee ,in which there is a representative from DMRC. I think it would have been better in case the committee was without any member from DMRC. That would have given some credence to the findings of the committee. Best wishes Alok Bhowmick Two `mistakes' the celebrated Metro Man E Sreedharan made

New Delhi: Everyone in Delhi feels good about Delhi Metro. It has given residents of the city a public transport network of which they can really be proud. It manages the network efficiently. It runs the trains on time. It provides a clean and comfortable service for commuters at a tariff that is one of the cheapest among all the metro networks in the world. During the construction of the first phase of the network, it even set new standards of safety that other companies in the civil construction sector found worthy of emulation.

The man who got credit for all these achievements was none other than Delhi Metro’s managing director, E Sreedharan. You can’t have any quarrels with that. Here was a man who worked hard to build a modern metro rail network, ensured the project’s implementation on schedule and then put in place a system to run the service efficiently. In a country, where project delays are endemic and inefficiency in public services rarely creates a storm of protests, Sreedharan set up a metro network that raised people’s expectations from a public transport network and made them hopeful that they too could continue to travel safely and comfortably.

It is this hope that got shaken on Sunday morning when residents of Delhi learnt of the collapse of a section of a Delhi Metro bridge under construction. The tumbling of the cranes that were commissioned for rescue work the following day shattered whatever little hope that was still left. Every time a commuter travels on Delhi Metro now, he will be wondering if the pillars and the bridge under his train will stay intact while he completes his journey.

Just as all credit for the successful execution and operation of Delhi Metro had gone to Mr Sreedharan, a large part of the blame for allowing such a mishap (mind you, this was not the first one during the construction of the second phase!) should also be shared by him. What were Mr Sreedharan’s mistakes? Did the Metro Man go wrong by accepting the challenge of implementing the second phase of Delhi Metro in a relatively short time frame and thereby unwittingly allowing contractors to make compromises on safety norms?

The report of the committee that has been set up to inquire into the reason behind last Sunday’s tragedy will come out with specific information to explain what went wrong. While that exercise is under way, it is equally important for Sreedharan to reflect on what mistakes he might have made while executing this massive project in record time.

The Metro Man made two mistakes. One, he did not build a strong team around him to provide a second rung of leaders who could ensure continuity and stability of management of a public transport network. Fourteen years after its inception, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation can boast of only one public face — that of Sreedharan. This is a long time to build the second rung of leadership in an organisation. By not paying adequate attention to the tasks of building his succession, Sreedharan has made himself virtually indispensable. His fine track record as the Metro Man has certainly been dented by this failure.

His second mistake pertains to his response to the bridge collapse on Sunday. He did not take long to announce his resignation, owning moral responsibility for the mishap. This was not the first time that Sreedharan had contemplated resignation. In the early stages of the Delhi Metro project, Sreedharan had once reportedly expressed his desire to quit over differences with sections within the government. There was no public announcement then and he was persuaded to stay back.

Last Sunday, however, Sreedharan decided to make public his decision to quit Delhi Metro. Having done that, which was the most principled and honourable stand taken by any public servant in recent years, Sreedharan should not have gone back on his decision. Now that he has withdrawn his resignation after requests from the government, his critics are likely to say that his resignation announcement was part of a strategy to deflect the public criticism that he would have incurred in the wake of the tragedy. If only Sreedharan had built a second rung of leaders to take over from him, he could have stuck to his decision to quit and silenced his critics as well.


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From: ahujavipul [mailto:forum@sefindia.org]
Sent: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 9:52 AM
To: general@sefindia.org (general@sefindia.org)
Subject: [SEFI] Re: Metro Bridge Collapse At Jamrudpur in Delhi-Learnt No Lesso

Unfortunately from none of the previous collapses we learnt anything, while hardly anything was discussed. Given that no one has the time to file an RTI and take the trouble to post the findings on this forum it is better to discuss the issue and share knowledge & experience. I feel there is nothing wrong in discussing technical issues so long as we refrain from pointing fingers at people or organizations. Previously attached links showed a very healthy on going discussion (in the US) on the recent Shanghai building collapse--just based on pictures available.

From what I have just found out is there are similar cracks on other piers to what were reported on the pier that collapsed. If that is true its almost surely an error on the construction documents--whether its due a drafting error or an engineering one is another story.

Regards

Vipul Ahuja

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 2010 2:04 pm    Post subject: Delhi Metro corporation Collapse Reply with quote

Respected Sh.Bhattacharyaji and Sh.Vipul Ahuja,

    For Delhi Metro corporation, Delhi based architect Ar.Sudhir Vohra have won very long battle of right to information at full bench decision of central information commission. As pointed out by Sh. Vipul Ahuja for filing RTI applications to know the collapse , I remember Sh.Vohra RTI applications and final decision very helpful at cic with following url--------http://rti.india.gov.in/cic_decisions/FB-18032010-01.pdf

This 14 page decision of at central information commission will reveal suppressed blunders in DMRC with remark -"disclosure of requested information is likely to be in the larger public interest in as much as placing the design of the failed structure in the public domain may spur the authorities to develop a safer design for providing optimal security to the travelling public.

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Manoj K.Kamra
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 5:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Delhi Metro corporation Collapse Reply with quote

Dear Er. Kamra,

Now that they are in public domain, I am wondering how these drawings can be posted on the forum. Though I think that when they are care should be taken to erase the designers' names as the intent of the forum is not to defame any one--but rather learn from the experience.

Regards

Vipul Ahuja

manojkamra wrote:
Respected Sh.Bhattacharyaji and Sh.Vipul Ahuja,

    For Delhi Metro corporation, Delhi based architect Ar.Sudhir Vohra have won very long battle of right to information at full bench decision of central information commission. As pointed out by Sh. Vipul Ahuja for filing RTI applications to know the collapse , I remember Sh.Vohra RTI applications and final decision very helpful at cic with following url--------http://rti.india.gov.in/cic_decisions/FB-18032010-01.pdf

This 14 page decision of at central information commission will reveal suppressed blunders in DMRC with remark -"disclosure of requested information is likely to be in the larger public interest in as much as placing the design of the failed structure in the public domain may spur the authorities to develop a safer design for providing optimal security to the travelling public.

With Regards
Manoj K.Kamra


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