Dead­lines ver­sus human lives

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Faulty con­struc­tion: Most mishaps have to do with meet­ing time­lines be­fore elec­tions or ma­jor events. En­gi­neers are of­ten under pres­sure to com­plete a pro­ject at the last minute to meet dead­lines and that leads to se­ri­ous lapses in qual­ity and safety of struc­tures

Reg­u­late en­gi­neers: In In­dia, there is need to reg­u­late en­gi­neer­ing as a pro­fes­sion under an Act of Par­lia­ment to en­sure that con­struc­tion qual­ity and de­sign cer­tifi­cates are is­sued by cer­ti­fied per­son­nel

Rapid ver­sus sys­tem­atic con­struc­tion: 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 end up in dis­as­ters

What needs to be done? Ev­ery pro­ject should have a qual­ity in­spec­tor, who is in­de­pen­dent of the pro­ject man­ager, to re­port on qual­ity issues as peo­ples’ lives are in­volved. For in­fra­struc­ture projects such as bridges and el­e­vated roads, it is very im­por­tant to fol­low a con­struc­tion se­quence

Cities on ‘safety’ alert: Post the Kolkata mishap, PWD has ini­ti­ated a safety au­dit of all the fly­overs in Delhi. In Noida and Ghazi­abad, au­thor­i­ties are con­duct­ing strin­gent site in­spec­tions and in Gur­gaon au­thor­i­ties are ex­e­cut­ing a sur­vey to check the ac­tual sta­tus of roads and bridges

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