Following the collapse of an under-construction flyover in Varanasi which killed at least 18 people, the Uttar Pradesh state government has formed a three-member committee to probe the cause of the collapse. However, this isn't the first time that the premier state-owned constructor UP State Bridge Corporation Ltd. has come under the investigative radar. Two probes had been initiated against it earlier.
A public works department engineer, on the condition of anonymity, revealed that the 1086.82-metre Chillgahat bridge built by the UP State Bridge Corporation at a cost of Rs. 650cr cracked within 13 days of its inauguration in 2010. An inquiry had been ordered by the state government, but no action was ultimately taken against the top engineers and officials for their shoddy work.
Meanwhile, commenting on the Varanasi flyover collapse, UP Engineers' Association general secretary, Surjit Singh Niranjan blamed the district administration and the UP State Bridge Corporation for transgressing safety norms. Niranjan explained that according to norms, traffic shouldn't be allowed to pass underneath an under-construction bridge and that a proper safety net should be installed at the construction site in case of unforeseen mishaps.
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