Misalignment of girder triggers panic

Panic spread among shopkeepers here at Palika Bazaar in Secunderabad, when a launching girder above a viaduct was slightly misaligned at a point during the ongoing Metro Rail works. Engineers at the site said that the incident took place at around 2 a.m., and that it was a minor thing.

The area was cordoned off for more than 100 metres, in which all the shops and establishments, including Alpha Hotel were closed.

“The launching girder slightly went out of line on Saturday night. We don’t know the exact time, and the work was done in evenings mostly,” said an L&T engineer, who was present at the site on Sunday morning.

The girder misalignment took place above the viaduct being built above the famous Alpha hotel, and adjacent the St. Thomas SPG Tamil Church on the Old Gandhi Hospital to Jubilee bus stop line.

When contacted, a Metro Rail official however said, “Nothing went wrong. It was part of the ongoing works, and the place had to be cordoned off as planned. We did it on a Sunday, as it was a holiday,” he added.

 

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