Setu fall fails to stop

Published on Nov 23, 2006 12:28 AM IST

EVEN AS Jal Nigam officials claimed that the water supply to the affected Trans-Gomti localities would be restored late Wednesday night, the Construction and Design Services withdrew the probe it had ordered into the collapse of the approach road to Hanuman Setu.

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EVEN AS Jal Nigam officials claimed that the water supply to the affected Trans-Gomti localities would be restored late Wednesday night, the Construction and Design Services withdrew the probe it had ordered into the collapse of the approach road to Hanuman Setu.

“It would not have been proper for us to continue with a parallel probe after an inquiry into the matter was instituted by our parent body—UP Jal Nigam,” said Director C&DS VK Kathuria. The administration authorities, on the other hand, said the lane that caters to the incoming traffic from Lucknow University Road on the bridge would be opened for light vehicles from Thursday. Thereby, bringing some relief to the commuters..

Asked as to who was at fault for the crisis, Kathuria, who was taking stock of the progress on the construction of the archways on the bridge said that it would not be appropriate for him to comment as an inquiry was now under way in the matter. A C&DS official present on the occasion, however, could not resist pointing out that it was not digging on their part but seepage from the leaking water pipeline underneath the bridge that caused the approach road to cave-in.  And though Jal Sansthan officials maintain that they had repaired the leak on November 9 itself, the C&DS officers insist that the problem persisted triggering off the incident.

Meanwhile, even before the Jal Nigam could begin the inquiry doubts are being cast over its neutrality in the matter, as C&DS happens to be its own wing. “Ideally, an independent agency should have been asked to investigate the lapses,” said an official requesting anonymity. 

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