The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday granted two weeks time to the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation to file its response to a suo-motu PIL taken up by the court following the under-construction metro pillar collapse which claimed two lives- of a mother and toddler on January 11.
A division bench of Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice S Vishwajith Shetty also issued notice to other respondents which include the State Government, BBMP, and M/S Nagarjun Construction company Limited (NCC).
The court had taken cognizance of news reports about the incident appearing in various dailies and also the news report about a sinkhole which appeared on Brigade Road in Bengaluru, where metro work is underway.
In its order dated January 13, the court had said “These news items prompted us to take cognizance of the incident referred to wherein there is an unfortunate death of a lady and toddler son and the condition of roads, the issue raises concern and question for the public at large.”
The bench had said the points to be addressed in the petition would include—
-What are the safety measures prescribed for such work (Metro Work).
-Whether such safety measures are part of the tender document or contract agreement.
-If such safety measures are not part of the tender document or contract between the parties whether any attempt is made to set up certain safety measures by issuing government order/notifications.
-If such safety measures are prescribed what is the mechanism for a periodical supervision and check up in the ongoing construction activity.
-Whether any accountability is fixed for failure to maintain safety measures, either on the contractor/agency undertaking work or the officer concerned supervising work.
Following the incident of the collapse, an FIR has been registered against eight accused, including the director of Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC).
Case Title: HIGH COURT OF KARNATAKA And State of Karnataka & Others
Case No: WP 1893/2023