Bengaluru: An FIR has been filed against 5 people in the incident where a metro collapsed in Bengaluru. A mother and her two-and-half-year-old son succumbed to injuries after an under-construction metro pillar of the "Namma Metro" - Bengaluru Metro - on Outer Ring Road near HBR Layout collapsed, police said on Tuesday.
According to reports, a couple along with their son was heading towards the Hebbal area on a two-wheeler when a metro pillar collapsed on the scooter.
The mother and son who were pillion riders suffered grievous injuries. They were immediately rushed to a nearby hospital by the bystanders but succumbed to injuries.
According to police, the incident took place around 11 am, when the TMT bars erected for the construction of a pillar fell on their scooter. The height of the pillar is said to be over 40 feet and weighs several tonnes.
Compensation amount will be announced: CM
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai reacting to the incident stated that he would get all information regarding the construction work by the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL). Also, he said that a compensation amount will be announced for the kin to the victims.
Lohit Kumar, a civil engineer, was dropping his wife Tejaswini to her work and sons to a child care centre. He and another son escaped miraculously with minor injuries, police said.
Police said they have registered a case and an investigation will follow. The incident resulted in a traffic jam for some time along the stretch.
Slamming the Karnataka government, state Congress chief DK Shivakumar said, "This is the result of the '40% commission' government. There is no quality in development works."
Probe will be conducted to check wheather it was a manmade error, says BMRCL MD
Meanwhile, Anjum Parvez, Managing Director of BMRCL, termed the incident "unfortunate" and announced a compensation amount of Rs 20 lakh to the kin of the victims. Further, he emphasised that the company follow the highest quality standards when it comes to construction. Also, he added that the company will initiate a detailed probe to check whether the incident was a technical error or manmade. "Steps will be taken to prevent such incidents from happening again," said Parvez.
(With inputs from agencies)
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