Construction work on the Metro Rail project in the city stopped, following the accident at the Pachaiyappa’s College site that killed a worker and left six labourers injured a day earlier. Work will resume after the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) completes a safety audit across its 32 stations.
This is the first time that work on the Metro line spanning over 45 km comes to a complete halt ever since the project was launched in 2009.
According to CMRL officials, a probe into the cause of the accident has begun. A study is on at three levels – one by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and China-based Shanghai Urban Construction Group (SUCG), the contractors building the Pachaiyappa’s College station; another by the General Consultant and the third, by the CMRL itself.
Meanwhile, city police has arrested two persons in connection with the accident who were released in the evening itself.