Bomikhal Fly-over Collapse: Probe committee blames construction firm

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Bhubaneswar, May 10

A three-member committee, formed to probe the collapse of under-construction fly-over in Bomikhal area here, has blamed the construction company Panda Infra Pvt Ltd for the mishap on May 3 that killed one labourer and injured another.

The committee in its report submitted yesterday said that the construction company had not engaged skilled workers or taken adequate safety measures.

Works Secretary Nalinikanta Pradhan told reporters that the Odisha government would issue show cause notice to the concerned government officials and engineers who were entrusted to oversee the construction work of the flyover.

He said the government has decided to take up the remaining construction work of the flyover and the other flyover in Lingaraj temple area to complete those within two months.

“The Works Department will take up the remaining work of the flyover at Bomikhal at an estimated cost of Rs 1-2 crore while the construction of the roof of the two spans of the flyover near Lingaraj temple would be completed at a cost of Rs 50-60 lakh,” Pradhan added.

The probe committee comprised three engineers.

Meanwhile, Works Minister Prafulla Mallik said the government will conduct a third party probe before opening these fly-overs to traffic to ascertain the quality of construction.

“If any technical glitch is found, it would be rectified after which these flyovers would be opened for the public,” he said.

Replying to reporters’ query on what step the government is going to take on the two under-construction flyovers at Jatni in Khurda district and another in Sambalpur city —contract of which were awarded to Panda Infra company — the Minister said the government will take a decision after studying the legal aspects.

The All Odisha Contractors’ Association has however, condemned the report of the probe committee.

President of the Association Pravat Das said the probe committee, which has blamed the contractors for the Bomikhal flyover mishap, is grossly unfortunate.

“The duty of the contractor is construction which is supervised by the engineers. Hence in such cases, action should be taken against the engineers. But the Minster and the officials have put the entire blame on the contractors,” he added.

The Commissionerate Police today arrested Prasant Padhi, one of the directors of the Panda Infra company, in connection with the mishap.

Notably, the owner of the company, Pratap Kishore Panda was arrested on May 4, a day after the mishap.

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