A railway overbridge (ROB) constructed 20 months ago in Barmer and inaugurated by Congress leaders just prior to the enforcement of the electoral code of conduct in 2013 has been closed due to safety concerns.
On Friday evening cracks were reported in a section of the bridge. Barmer district administration shut the bridge to traffic fearing collapse.
The officials informed the construction company, Rakesh Construction Company, Gujarat, about the damages. The ROB is under the guarantee period of five years.
P Mathur, executive officer of Rajasthan State Road Development Project (RSRDP) said they have informed the construction company about the damages. He also claimed that soon the company officials will reach and repair the cracks.
He further claimed that after repairing the ROB it will once again be open for routine traffic.
After cracks were reported on Friday, officials of RSRDP, district administration and police reached the spot and took stock of the situation. The district administration immediately stopped all traffic and closed the ROB for three days.
The ROB which cost `32 crore, was inaugurated in September 2013 by then Barmer MP Harish Choudhary, then revenue minister Hemaram Choudhary and MLA Mewaram Jain just two days before the code of conduct for the state assembly elections was to come into force.
Meanwhile, the ruling BJP alleged that during the previous Congress regime some Cong leaders inaugurated the ROB before it was properly constructed just to derive political mileage.
Ramesh Inda, a BJP leader, alleged that at that time Congress leaders was more interested in taking political credit rather than ensuring quality of work. He said that they will demand the state government order a probe into the matter.