Bomikhal flyover tragedy: 3 engineers charge-sheeted, Panda Infra to be black-listed

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Bhubaneswar: Three engineers who were suspended following collapse of an under-construction flyover in Bomikhal area of Bhubaneswar which left 1 person dead and 10 injured, have been charge-sheeted under Rule 15 of Odisha Public Service Act for gross negligence.

The report of inquiry which was submitted to Chief Minister by chief engineer of designs and chief engineer of road section under the Works department held executive engineer Dukhabandhu Behera, deputy executive engineer Bansidhar Praharaj and assistant engineer Kishore Kumar Rout responsible for the mishap.

The probe findings stated that standard operating procedure (SOP) was not followed properly while approval for the centring was not taken prior to construction. The report recommended major penalty for such lapses.

Panda Infra Project Pvt Ltd, the construction company which was entrusted with the work of the project will be black-listed as it did not submit the design of the bridge before undertaking the work. Moreover, the company violated safety guidelines during construction, the report stated.

While the total tender for the project was worth Rs 44 crore, Panda Infra had alone acquired tender of Rs 28 crore. Of total 75 spans, 60 were laid completely in the 844-metre-long flyover, the report mentioned.

Meanwhile, the Orissa High Court deferred hearing on the bail plea of Panda Infra owner Pratap Panda to October 9 and asked the Commissionerate Police to submit the case diary in this connection.

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