COI public hearings start, 2011 MRT breakdowns

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The Committee of Inquiry (COI) has started off with the first hearing of the 2011 MRT breakdown case on Monday.

The hearing which is taking place right now is open for all public and can be attended by anyone. It is taking place at the Subordinate Courts and is expected to continue till the day ends. The case is regarding the two major MRT disruptions in the previous year which affected countless number of people using public transport. The incident is expected to have affects more than 200,000 people who had to walk on foot for long distances in the tunnel to get to the nearest station and arrange for another mode of transport to make it to their desired destinations.

The hearing started off with the second Solicitor General Lionel Yee giving his opening statement and informing the court with the series of incidents taking place on the 15th and 17th of December 2011. According to his opening statement, various reports state clearly that the reason of breakdown was not the floating slab track or the installation of the new generation of the tracks in the mid of 2011. He recommended that the court should lay greater concentration on finding out the reason of the breakdown and thereon speak about the problem solving situation.

The case is expected to go on for about eight weeks where around 108 witnesses will be called for their statements which include commuters, experts, and other concerned authorities.

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