Fly­over Col­lapse: IVRCL Ad­mits to Sub­con­tract­ing

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Hy­der­abad: IVRCL, the builder whose un­der-con­struc­tion fly­over in Kolkata col­lapsed killing at least 25, ad­mits award­ing many pack­ages of the project to sub­con­trac­tors but was not sure if they were as­so­ci­ated with the rul­ing Tri­namool Congress as be­ing al­leged by the op­po­si­tion.

Re­spond­ing to re­porters’ queries at the com­pany’s head­quar­ters in Hy­der­abad, IVRCL’s top of­fi­cial K Pandu Ranga Rao, how­ever,said there was no com­pro­mise on the qual­ity of the con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als even from the sub­con­trac­tors’ side, which the com­pany was pe­ri­od­i­cally mon­i­tor­ing.

A team of the Kolkata police reached Hy­der­abad on Fri­day and served no­tices on IVRCL’s top man­age­ment, in­clud­ing its chair­man E Sud­hir Reddy, ask­ing them to ap­pear for en­quiry within two days.

Ear­lier, the spe­cial police team quizzed the IVRCL’s top of­fi­cials at its head of­fice for nearly four hours and scru­tini- sed doc­u­ments per­tain­ing to the Kolkata fly­over project.

“We have sent our team of ex­perts from tech­ni­cal, op­er­a­tions, safety and le­gal de­part­ments to Kolkata to help the au­thor­i­ties in their probe and as­cer­tain causes for the mishap,” said Rao, adding the of­fi­cials were de­tained by the police on reach­ing Kolkata on Fri­day morn­ing.

Re­spond­ing to queries on the al­le­ga­tions of op­po­si­tion par­ties in West Ben­gal, Rao said: “There will be many sub­con­trac­tors in such a big project.” He was quick to add they weren’t aware if any of those sub­con­trac­tors were in any­way linked to the Tri­namool Congress. “Def­i­nitely they (sub­con­trac­tors) are un­der our con­trol and we can­not ex­e­cute the works on time un­less we have con­trol over them.”

Fur­ther, Rao said the ma­te­rial and works of sub­con­trac­tors were also cleared by the Kolkata Metropoli­tan Devel­op­ment Au­thor­ity. “We only ex­e­cute the project. Ev­ery­thing is in the con­trol of the gov­ern­ment.”

An un­der-con­struc­tion fly­over col­lapsed on Thurs­day

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