VGTM-UDA Vice-Chairman says a departmental inquiry has been launched

The initial assessment of the Monday late night collapse of the four girders of the flyover under construction on the banks of Budameru Canal at Gunadala points towards negligence of the contractor for not following the due procedures.

The nodal agency VTGM Urban Development Authority’s Vice-Chairman M. Rama Rao said that there was some negligence by the Hyderabad-based contractor RSV Constructions.

Three out of the four girders were placed by the contractor and aligned and fastened, but the fourth one was lowered on Monday and since it had become dark, they left it without pegging it. “They wanted to carry the work forward on Tuesday, but at around 9 p.m. this one slipped from its position and fell on the other three, eventually bringing all the four down,” said Mr. Rama Rao.

A departmental inquiry has been initiated and a report will be shortly sent to the government and appropriate action would be taken, he said.

On claims by some political parties that substandard cement was used and steel of lesser diameter was used, he said, it was a debatable question, as the quality of the flyover was being monitored by the VGTMUDA’s own Quality Control Department as well as an external assessment agency Moody International. “Now since an inquiry has been initiated, the truth will come out if there were any discrepancies,” he said.

Earlier one of the girders of the same flyover was rejected by the Quality Control Department, as it fell short of the desired standard, he observed.

Assistant Commissioner of Police D.V. Nageswara Rao said that if the people concerned in the government see any problem with the construction, it would be referred to the Vigilance Department for further investigations. The flyover, which was a JNNURM Project and part of the Rs.119-crore Inner-Ring Road project, is being built over one railway track and three canals — Eluru, Ryves and Budameru. The total length of the four-lane flyover is 900 metres and about 65 per cent of the work has been completed. It is being built at a cost of Rs.23.12 crore and will connect Ramavarapadu Ring to the inner ring road. The contractor was paid Rs.13.5 crore for the work completed.

The girders, which collapsed, measure about 25 metres each and the loss is estimated to be about Rs.14 lakh.

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