Chinese, Indian JV held responsible for collapse of under construction span in Bengal, barred from bidding | India News

NEW DELHI: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has debarred a joint venture firm comprising a Chinese player and an Indian company for three years holding it responsible for the collapse of an under-construction span of a four-lane bridge over river Ganga in West Bengal.
Two persons were killed in this incident, which took place on February 16.
Besides banning the companies – Qingdao Construction Engineering Group of China and RKEC Projects Ltd – from participating in the bidding process, the NHAI has also debarred three consultancy firms – VAX Consultants, Nagesh Consultants and NC Infracon Consultant – from participation in future projects for three years.
NHAI appointed a bridge expert to investigate the causes and it had found that the accident happened due to lack of coordination between contractor, design consultant and designer of launching girder in the execution of the superstructure of the bridge. The contractor and consultants responsible for design and launching the girder system has also failed to present any convincing reasons during the investigation for the causes leading to the incident.
Sources said NHAI has served a show-cause notice to the contractor of Mahe-Thalassery National Highway bypass project where four beams of an under-construction bridge had collapsed on August 26. None was injured. They said more such past cases are now being investigated and action is also being expedited against the erring agencies.
NHAI chairman, Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, said, “If any contractor or consultant deviates from the contractual obligations and compromises public safety, it becomes imperative for NHAI to take stringent action against such defaulters. It is warned that lapses shall not be tolerated and strict action shall be taken against defaulting firms and personnel.”
The road transport ministry has also warned its engineers, contractor and consultants of stern action after taking note of negligence in the case of a collapse of scaffolding at the construction of approaches for a bridge on Zuari river in Goa. This incident happened in March 2019.

[Source :Times of India]


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