A construction workers and a biker were injured after parts of an under-construction pillar of Ghaziabad development authority’s (GDA) Hindon elevated road crashed over the Grand Trunk Road (GT Road) on Monday night.
The incident took place near river Hindon on the GT Road where the construction activity for the project is in full swing. The six-lane 10.3-km elevated road, is one of the priority projects of the Uttar Pradesh government. The project is estimated to cost about Rs 1,147 crore.
“The incident took place when the workers were constructing a pillar for the road. The workers were filling up the pillar with concrete which is supported by long iron bars. They had placed a shuttering too high which led the iron bars to tilt and caused the collapse,” said Vijay Kumar Yadav, GDA, vice-chairman.
“We have ordered a detailed inquiry into the incident as the project is assigned to a renowned company and strict monitoring of the project is constantly undertaken for quality and safety,” he added.
A biker and one of the workers sustained injuries during the incident.
“The two injured were rushed to Narendra Mohan hospital and are undergoing treatment. The incident led to traffic jam over the busy GT Road. We roped in cranes and the debris is being cleared,” said Ashish Srivastava, circle officer (border).
The road project is intended to connect UP-Gate near East Delhi border with Ghaziabad to Raj Nagar Extension near NH-58 over the elevated section.
The agency is placing pre-cast segments over the pillars from Vasundhara to UP-Gate and also from Karhera to Vasundhara under the second phase.
The NCR Planning Board recently announced a loan of Rs 700 crore to GDA for developing the project.
As part of the quality and safety procedures, the authority officials said that the design of the elevated-road was scutinized at three levels by selected third party agencies before finalization. One of the three is an empanelled consultant of Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.
There are onsite third party engineers and other levels of senior engineers who constantly monitor the project in terms of material and lots during the project execution time.