Less Than 6 Months After It Was Inaugurated, A Gurugram Flyover Built At Rs 14 Cr Has Caved In
A large portion of a flyover at the Delhi-Jaipur rail line near Pataudi in Gurugram, collapsed on Saturday, allegedly due to poor construction. The flyover caved in on Saturday after seasonal rains.?
While no loss of life has been reported, the flyover has now been closed for vehicular traffic. What is even more shocking is that it was newly-constructed and was inaugurated by the Haryana Public Wealth Department in September 2019.?
The Haryana Public Wealth Department had spent Rs 14 crores for the construction of the flyover. "This is because of the carelessness that was on show by the authorities. The authorities never showed up when this flyover was being constructed," Pradeep Kumar, Sarpanch, Pahari Village told ANI.?
The PWD which has launched an investigation into the incident, has however, blamed the rains for the collapse. "It appears that due to heavy downpour over the past few days, rainwater might have seeped inside some pillars and weakened the structure," a PWD official told The Times of India.?
The construction of the flyover had begun in 2016 and was supposed to be completed in 24 months and the inauguration was allegedly rushed in view of the assembly elections.?
Locals blamed PWD for oversight. They have alleged that the structure had started developing cracks within a few months of inauguration, shortly before the assembly election when then PWD minister was on a spree to hurriedly inaugurate long-pending projects.?
A few months ago, the flyover developed potholes too, but the department ignored the alarms raised by the residents.?
On Saturday, they said, that after a few heavy vehicles crossed the flyover small crumbles began falling down, and then, the bigger chunk followed. PWD has denied the charges. In fact, former PWD minister and six-time MLA from Rewari, Captain Ajay Yadav, reacted sharply to the incident and blamed the government for shoddy work that is spoiling the reputation of the department.?
Taking a dig at the BJP government, Yadav said, "Their ministers are only concerned about cutting ribbons and making tall claims. Firstly, they opened it after much delay, and that too, without proper inspection or strength testing. This is the sheer wastage of people's money and risking hundreds of lives. From Hero Honda and Rampura flyover in Gurugram to this flyover, every structure is crashing down within months of construction. There should be proper investigation and the guilty must be strictly punished."? ? ??