The Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) has constituted a team of officials from specialised agencies to probe Monday night’s incident where a pillar of the under-construction Hindon elevated road collapsed on the Grand Trunk Road in Ghaziabad.
The GDA vice-chairman had ordered an inquiry into the incident on Monday night itself. On Tuesday, he constituted a committee comprising senior officials from Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES), Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), two consultants of the elevated road project empanelled with the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, and a superintending engineer from GDA.
“The team has officials from specialised fields and will find out the faults, especially technical ones or those related to supervision, which led to the incident. The committee will submit its report within a fortnight,” said Vijay Kumar Yadav, vice-chairman, GDA.
The under-construction pillar number 192 that had collapsed on Monday night and injured two people was a part of the 10.3-km, six-laned elevated road project. It was being built at the point where the elevated road will move over the 9.41-km metro link from Dilshad Garden to the New bus stand in Ghaziabad.
“The damaged pillar will be redesigned and reconstructed. We have decided not to hold up the work of placing segments over the pillars. The work will go on and the accountability for the accident will also be fixed after the report,” Yadav added.
The authority is presently undertaking the project at a cost of nearly Rs.1,147 crore and intends to connect UP Gate near Delhi-Ghaziabad border to Raj Nagar Extension near NH-58.
According to officials, both RITES and CRRI are engaged with the GDA for quality checks for the infrastructure projects and the incident can also be seen as a question mark on the project on which a series of third parties and empanelled consultants are already keeping checks from the design to the construction stage. Officials added that nearly 50% of the project is already complete.
For the entire elevated road, a total of nearly 3,497 precast segments are proposed to be placed over 228 pillars. Under the first phase, the GDA has already started the work of placing segments from Vasundhara to UP Gate. They recently also started the work on placing segments from the Karhera to Vasundhara stretch with the help of a launcher, under the second phase of the project.
The project has been assigned to a Hyderabad-based company after the authority invited global civil construction tenders. Recently, the NCR Planning Board also announced a Rs 700 crore-loan to GDA for the elevated road that is the UP government’s priority project.