The launching gantry slips from the metro pillar into the BTM layout but disaster was averted
A major accident was averted on Sunday at a metro construction site in southern Bengaluru after a launching gantry slipped off a jetty and rested precariously on the beam without falling.
The incident was reported to the BTM Layout 2nd Stage on the outer ring road near the Udupi Garden signal at around 6:15 a.m.
A launching gantry is a crane that lifts prefabricated beams to build the metro viaduct. Under normal circumstances, the gantry leg rests on the pillar, allowing the pre-fabricated segments to be lifted from the ground onto the bridge. But as the leg slid, the portico fell onto the pillar.
The gantry was used to build the metro viaduct on the two-story bridge of the RV Road-Bommasandra line (Reach 5) as part of phase 2.
In a statement, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) said there were no casualties.
âThe preliminary investigation shows a mechanical failure and zero causality. The launching beam will be safely dismantled. Other actions will be carried out in accordance with the provisions of the contract, âhe said.
It was not clear whether the sliding of the heavy crane caused damage to the pillar.
Police received a complaint about the crane falling. âThere were over 100 metro workers in the area. Fortunately, there was none under the crane. We have received a complaint and will take action accordingly, âsaid a police officer.