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Metro man may quit DMRC
Taking full moral responsibility for the Delhi metro bridge mishap that occurred on Sunday morning, DMRC Managing Director E Sreedharan has resigned from his post. The accident claimed the lives of six persons and injured 15 others.
MANAGING DIRECTOR of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), E Sreedharan, also known as the metro man, resigned from his post after the yesterday's overbridge mishap. He has taken 'full moral responsibility' for the collapse of the Delhi Metro overbridge that occurred on Sunday (July 12) morning.

In his address to a press conference he said, "As head of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, I take moral responsibility for the incident. So, I have decided to resign and I have put in my papers and I have sent it to Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.” Discussing his resignation, he further added, “I have to take the responsibility. It may not be my mistake, but as the head of the organisation I have to take moral responsibility and I think it is right to resign.”

Sreedharan was on a trip to Bangalore. He returned to Delhi as soon as news of the collapse of the bridge was aired by sources. The mishap occurred at around 5am on Sunday, in South Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar. The accident reportedly claimed the lives of six persons and injured 15. The collapse of the bridge resulted in burst water pipes which caused water logging in the area around Lady Sri Ram College.

On speaking about the completion of the project ahead of the Commonwealth Games which is set to be held in less than a year, Sreedharan said, “There are a lot of competent people. No one is indispensable in any organisation and I am sure that DMRC will be able to complete all the projects well before time.”

Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, PK Tripathi, said that the metro chief’s resignation should be taken up at a political level. “A hasty decision will not be a right decision,” he said. He further added, "We will have to think about what is good for Delhi. The Commonwealth Games is around the corner. There are certain deadlines to be met. We will have to see all these things and discuss all these issues before taking a decision.”

The decision to award compensation had to been taken by Delhi’s Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit. She had announced Rs5 lakhs to the kins of the dead and Rs2 lakhs to each of the injured.

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