NCR prepares for safety audit
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.