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IIT-M team inspects Vyttila flyover

Taking stock: An expert team from IIT-Madras led by Prof. B. Nageswara Rao inspects Vyttila flyover on Wednesday.

Taking stock: An expert team from IIT-Madras led by Prof. B. Nageswara Rao inspects Vyttila flyover on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: Thulasi Kakkat

Quality tests to be carried out after government approval

An expert team from IIT-Madras (IIT-M) will start testing the quality of the Vyttila flyover once the government gives its nod to go ahead with the process.

A two-member team led by B. Nageswara Rao, professor, Structural Engineering Division, Department of Civil Engineering at IIT-M, visited the site on Wednesday morning as part of the initiative.

People close to the development said a report on the quality of the structure could be prepared only after carrying out comprehensive testing. The team will submit a report on what they learnt after visiting the site.

The experts from IIT-M will not be able to arrive at any conclusion without carrying out mandatory tests. The government has not given any time frame for completing the process.

However, IIT-M is ready to depute its team once they get the approval for the scope of the work they plan to undertake in the coming days.

The Public Works Department (PWD) had asked IIT-M to assess the quality of deck slabs, girders and pier caps after its quality control wing expressed concerns on whether the quality norms were met by the contractor.

Engineer’s report

In her report, V.K. Shylamol, assistant executive engineer of the PWD’s quality control wing, had pointed to lapses by the department officials and others in supervision of concreting of critical components of the flyover. The government had suspended her in connection with the alleged non-adherence to protocol by sending the test report on the Vyttila flyover directly to the deputy chief engineer instead of the executive engineer.

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