MP: IVRCL in trouble over construction delay

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Apr 25, 2016 16:29 IST
IVRCL has been booked for delay in construction of 155 kilometres of the NH-59 and Jhabua bypass approach road (Pic for representation)

The infrastructure company whose officials were arrested after a flyover collapse in Kolkata killed 24 people has found itself in fresh trouble in Madhya Pradesh.

A project director of the Hyderabad-headquartered company, IVRCL, was booked on Saturday in Jhabua district for delay in the construction of 155 kilometres of the four-lane Indore-Ahmedabad national highway (NH-59) and the Jhabua bypass approach road.

A case under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code — for disobeying a duly promulgated order of a public servant — was registered at the Jhabua Kotwali based on district collector Aruna Gupta’s April 21 order, Kotwali in-charge Anil Thakur said on Sunday.

“We’re investigating the matter and suitable action will follow,” he added.

Hearing the matter on the complaint of Jhabua residents, the collector observed that the delay in completing the work was leading to road accidents.

“It’s unfortunate that despite making detailed submissions about the company’s commitment to complete the work and finance-related problems being faced, such an order has been passed by the collector,” said Pratik Mehta, IVRCL’s counsel. “We’ll challenge the order in an appellate court for getting our rightful legal remedy.”

The contract for widening the 155-km Indore-Pitol (Jhabua) Road, a part of the Indore-Ahmedabad national highway project, was allotted to IVRCL in February 2010 and the work was to be completed in three years.

However, plagued by financial problems, the project suffered inordinate delay.

Construction of bridges and culverts on the four-lane highway and the Jhabua bypass road remained halted from June 2012 to April 2015. Construction only resumed in May last year after the National Highways Authority of India intervened and urged lenders and banks to release funds. Sources said progress once again came to a screeching halt after the flyover collapse on March 31 as funding was stopped a second time.

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