Kolkata bridge contractor IVRCL has projects in Maha, Sena wants probe

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 01, 2016 16:54 IST
Rescue workers clear away debris amid efforts to free people trapped under the wreckage of a collapsed flyover bridge in Kolkata (AFP)

Following the collapse of an under-construction overpass in Kolkata that killed 24 and injured another 90, doubts are being raised on the construction quality of several infrastructure projects in Maharashtra undertaken by the firm that was building the flyover, IVRCL.

Currently, IVRCL is involved in several road projects in districts like Pune, Satara, Yavatmal, Chandrapur, Wardha. It has also bagged several irrigation projects in the state. The firm’s website shows that it has a share of public infrastructure contracts in several states including Andhra Pradhesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat.

Shiv Sena on Friday demanded that all ongoing projects in the state undertaken by IVRCL or its joint venture with other firms should be probed on technical soundness. Sena legislator Pratap Sarnaik said, “IVRCL in JV with other firms is currently constructing several projects in Maharashtra and all these should be reviewed by the government by technical experts to ensure that there is no repeat of accidents on the lines of the Kolkata bridge.’’

Although the companys not involved in any project in Mumbai, a consortium led by it carried out widening and concretization of 25-km Sion- Panvel highway a few years ago.

The Rs 1,700-crore project was implemented on Built Operate Transfer (BOT) basis and the consortium has a concession period of collecting tolls for 17 years.

A senior Public Works Department official informed that there is not any chance of inquiry since the project already has been operational. “We are aware that there are a several other projects IVRCL has undertaken in Maharashtra. We will take necessary action if required,” the official said.

In addition to PWD projects, IVRCL has bagged some under contracts under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).

Karanji-Wani-Ghuggus-Chandrapur Road, Faltan- Shirwal road, Baramati- Faltan road, and some internal roads in Wardha, Chandrapur are some of the projects IVRCL has bagged in recent years.

Meanwhile, major government infrastructure development agencies like Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) clarified that IVRCL was not involved in any project under their jurisdiction.

IVRCL has also undertaken a water irrigation project in the state.

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