Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - REGION -

The ed­i­to­rial ‘Cut­ting cor­ners on in­fra­struc­ture projects’ (May 17) has justly blamed the un­holy politi­cian-bu­reau­crat-builder nexus which is re­spon­si­ble for the col­lapse of a Varanasi fly­over, killing 17 peo­ple. The fact that it was built in Feb­ru­ary shows that there is nei­ther trans­parency in award­ing con­struc­tion con­tracts nor there is any ac­count­abil­ity clause for dura­bil­ity and life-span of the struc­ture. Cor­rup­tion is the root­cause be­hind the sub­stan­dard in­fra­struc­ture. Most of the projects are un­der­taken with­out proper plan­ning with scant re­gard for engi­neer­ing norms. Dead­lines for com­ple­tion are not ad­hered to.

Usha Verma, Chandi­garh

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