Flyover Collapse: IVRCL Admits to Subcontracting
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