AAP for action against officials responsible for cracks on overbridge

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Mar 21, 2016 13:27 IST
The repair work in progress at the overbridge in Ludhiana. (JS Grewal/HT Photo)

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has come down heavily on the SAD-BJP government for cracks on the Southern Bypass Road railway overbridge.

The party has claimed the bridge, projected as the most prestigious project of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal, has developed cracks, and had to be shut down on Saturday.

Party spokesperson Ahbaab Singh Grewal said, “It’s astonishing that the overbridge, the deputy CM’s pet project, has developed huge cracks in a very short span of time, and it caved in just due to bursting of a truck axle. It showcases the inefficiency, corruption and ineptitude of the SAD/BJP government that its highly flaunted project has failed for a flimsy reason. It’s fortunate that the incident occurred when there was no heavy traffic on the bridge, and a tragedy was averted.” Grewal demanded the contractors and engineers responsible for the lapse in quality be immediately penalised.

“A huge amount of public money has been misused by these public servants in constructing this poor quality overbridge. It is apparent that no quality checking procedures were followed. Those responsible for this blatant corruption should be arrested immediately. The repair work should also be inspected,”he said.

Online complaint sent to dy CM

Following the cracks on the railway overbridge, a city resident Kuldeep Singh Khaira sent a complaint to deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and demanded a high-level inquiry.

He stated some portion of the Southern Bypass over the Pakhowal Road-Ferozepur railway line flyover has been damaged. “Even if the version of the public works department superintending engineer is believed to be true - that cracks appeared due to overloaded trailer - the question should be raised over the PWD’s road engineering and specifications as such vehicles are not new to Indian roads,”he stated. “The department can’t cover up the issue without any proof - without any registration number and name and address of the driver,”he added.

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