Days after a portion of the Vivekananda flyover collapsed in Kolkata, killing 24 people, authorities in Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon are getting their act together to ensure that such incidents do not happen.
In Delhi, the Public Works Department (PWD) has initiated a safety audit of all the flyovers across the city and repair work is expected to be carried out as per requirements.
For all projects undertaken by PWD, there are in-house quality assurance and safety teams and independent third party quality assurance visits for projects. “This is part of the procedure followed by PWD,” says Sarvagya Srivastava, secretary, PWD.
In Noida, where work is in full swing at different sites in view of the 2017 elections, the authorities are conducting stringent site inspections post the Kolkata collapse.
“After the elevated road collapse in Kolkata, the Noida authority team is conducting on-site inspections at all major projects – the bridge being constructed across the Yamuna and the elevated road project to ensure that all safety procedures are being followed. We have roped in international consultants like Holtec and CEC Jacob so that construction agencies adhere to all safety norms during the construction process,” says Saumya Srivastava, deputy chief executive officer (DCEO) at Noida Authority.
Gurgaon authorities have scrapped a Rs 56-crore plan to widen and decongest the Old Delhi-Gurgaon road after an inquiry team found flaws in the design of the project. The decision was taken following the collapse of the under-construction flyover in Kolkata.
The development of the 7.8 -km road near Kapashera border is vital for commuters as the stretch connects the national capital with the city besides the National Highway 8 and Mehrauli-Gurgaon road. It caters to people working in industrial units in Sectors 21, 22 and 23. The project had been in the works since 2012 and was scheduled to be completed by mid-2018.
The Kolkata incident is serious and an eye-opener. We will conduct a survey to find the actual status of roads and bridges,” says TL Satyaprakash, DC, Gurgaon.
“Although all the roads under the NHAI are maintained, we are still taking a serious view of the Kolkata incident.We will conduct a survey to understand the actual status of roads and flyovers,” says Ashok Sharma, project director, NHAI.
In Ghaziabad, where work is in on on the elevated road and the Metro, city authority officials say that the “design of infrastructure projects by private parties is vetted by institutions like IIT. Even GDA’s own projects are vetted by IIT and regularly supervised by GDA engineers. Further, there are third party checks undertaken by specialised
agencies like Central Road Research Institute, Central Building Research Institute and RITES,” says Ishtiyak Ahmed, chief architect and town planner from Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA).
For their coveted 10.3 km elevated road project costing nearly Rs 1,147 crore, the design is scrutinised at three levels of selected third party agencies before finalisation. One of these is an empanelled consultant of the ministry of road transport and highways. Further, there are onsite third party engineers and senior engineers who constantly monitor the project during the execution stage.
(With inputs from HT Correspondents in Noida, Gurgaon and Ghaziabad)