NCR pre­pares for safety au­dit

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agency to pro­vide for qual­ity as­sur­ance at site and an­other agency t o proof check t he de­sign, say ex­perts.

Take the case of the pedes­trian over­bridge that col­lapsed a few days be­fore the start of the Com­mon­wealth Games in 2010 at Jawa­har­lal Nehru Sta­dium. The dis­as­ter left 27 work­ers in­jured and height­ened con­cerns about the safety of struc­tures be­ing read­ied in a mad rush for the Games.

Pro­fes­sor Ma­hesh Tan­don, an in­ter­na­tional struc­tural ex­pert at Tan­don Con­sul­tants Pvt Ltd, says, “Rapid con­struc­tion is a good idea but there should be no haste in con­struc­tion. Sys­tem­atic rapid con­struc­tion of a pro­ject is fine but putting ar­ti­fi­cial dead­lines such as com­plet­ing a pro­ject be­fore an event or elec­tions can only lead to dis­as­ters.

“The pedes­trian bridge fell be­cause there was pres­sure to com­plete the con­cretis­ing process in haste and the lack of time to fol­low the se­quence of con­struc­tion,” says Tan­don.

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.

In any case, for all projects un­der­taken by PWD, there are in-house qual­ity as­sur­ance and safety teams and i nde­pen­dent t hird 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 t o all safety norms dur­ing the con­struc­tion process,” says Saumya Sri­vas­tava, deputy chief executive of­fi­cer (DCEO) at Noida Author­ity.

Gur­gaon au­thor­i­ties have scrapped a ₹ 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 MehrauliGur­gaon 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.


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