- In West Bengal, the contract of Vivekananda bridge was done in the government of the Left.
- When Mamta government came, the work of building the bridge accelerated
- A part of the bridge collapsed on 31 March 2016
- The inquiry committee found that the substandard material used in the construction of the bridge
It has been decided to demolish the Vivekananda flyover in Kolkata, West Bengal. It is popularly known as ‘Posta Flyover’. On March 31, 2016, 28 people died in its collapse. After five years, after the advice of the state government,
Firhad Hakim, Chairman, Board of Administrators, Kolkata Municipal Corporation, held a meeting with the Post Bazar Merchant Association in the presence of officials from Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) and Kolkata Municipal Development Authority (KMDA) and announced the decision to demolish the flyover. of.
It will take 45 days to drop
RITES will be the executive agency to demolish the flyover. Firhad Hakim said, ‘Police will divert the necessary traffic to ensure smooth flow of traffic. The first phase of demolition will take 45 days.
28 people died
On March 1, 2016, 28 people were killed and over 90 were injured in the accident when a 150-metre (490 ft) span of the under-construction Vivekananda Road flyover in north Kolkata collapsed. The flyover had been in controversy since its inception.
committee was formed
The 2.2 kilometer (1.4 mi) Vivekananda Road flyover was constructed by the then Left Front government. Its work started in the year 2009. Hyderabad-based construction firm IVRCL won the bid for the project. The construction was due to be completed in 2010, but several times went ahead of the deadline.
Work to be completed by 2016
After Mamata Banerjee came to power in 2011, IVRCL was given an 18-month deadline by the chief minister to complete the flyover by February 2016 and a budget of around Rs 165 crore. After that the state government constituted several expert committees to decide the future of the flyover.
flaws in the bridge
Anandpran Gupta, former head of the civil engineering department at IIT KGP, said his inquiry committee found lapses in several aspects of the flyover construction, including design, construction, raw materials and supervision. Finally, the state government constituted a high-powered committee to decide the fate of the Posta flyover.
Decision on whether a new bridge will be built or not
Eminent bridge expert VK. Raina conducted a detailed health audit of the flyover and suggested that it should be demolished. A senior KMDA official said that all precautionary measures will be taken so that there is no damage to the buildings adjacent to the flyover when the demolition work takes place. The state government is yet to decide whether it will come up with a new flyover once the bridge has completely collapsed.
Vivekananda Bridge (file photo)