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Expert panel exams flyover in Palarivattom

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jul 3, 2019, 1:08 am IST
Updated Jul 3, 2019, 1:08 am IST
The flyover was closed on May 1 after cracks appeared at different parts of the bridge and a flaw in its construction was detected.
Palarivattom flyover. (File pic)
 Palarivattom flyover. (File pic)

Kochi: As part of the vigilance probe into the alleged corruption in the construction of the Palarivattom flyover, an expert committee constituted by VACB Ernakulam district unit visited and examined the condition of the bridge on Tuesday.The expert team along VACB officials reached Palarivattom flyover in the evening and assessed the structure and materials used for the construction, an official said.

An expert committee comprising a professor of Thrissur Government Engineering College, two superintendent engineers and a design executive engineer of PWD visited the spot and collected samples.

 

“The samples collected from the spot will be sent to the concerned laboratory in Thiruvananthapuram this week,” he said.

According to officials, the contractor, structural designer, officials with KITCO and RBDCK would be summoned for interrogation, based on the report submitted by the expert committee.

VACB had registered FIR against contractor RDS Projects, structural designer and unidentified officials with KITCO-project consultant company and RBDCK, the implementing agency.

The flyover was closed on May 1 after cracks appeared at different parts of the bridge and a flaw in its construction was detected. Initially, it was planned to close the bridge for 30 days.

Later an IIT team visited the bridge and submitted a report to the PWD minister highlighting the flaws in construction. The initial examination found cracks at girders and pier caps caused reportedly due to low usage of cement and steel.  The RBDCK constructed the flyover in 2016 for Rs 47.7 crore.

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