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Corruption tainted Nagarjuna Constructions built ‘Agartala Flyover’ developed cracks even before inauguration : Safety audit in cold storage, State Govt mute spectator
TIWN Sep 6, 2018
Corruption tainted Nagarjuna Constructions built ‘Agartala Flyover’ developed cracks even before inauguration : Safety audit in cold storage, State Govt mute spectator
PHOTO : Agartala under construction flyover. Photo inset : Crack developed in the flyover. TIWN Pics Sep 5

AGARTALA, Sep 6 (TIWN): Agartala Flyover’s various visible cracks terrifying public after Kolkata’s recent flyover crash. Even though from Delhi, a team is scheduled to arrive in Tripura to inspect the ongoing flyover construction and State Govt has delayed the inauguration, but the flyover needs a fast safety audit and at the same time the Govt needs to decide what to do with that flyover as with a shocking development it has been revealed that even before inauguration Tripura’s first flyover in Agartala has developed cracks. Various cracks are now slightly visible over the flyover located on the heart of the capital city, an ongoing project of Rs, 300 crores started under Manik Sarkar’s time. TIWN was the first media in Tripura to raise eyebrows over the construction. It can be noted that when deadline of a work is crossed then the construction becomes weak.

However recently in a talk with former project director Amit Mallik said, since he was shifted from the project and transferred in other state, followed by media reports on the construction, the flyover work has been sluggish.

There is right now a big crack in the newly constructed flyover which would someday lead to chaos just like other incidents held in various states of the country.

Previous CPI-M Govt awarded Rs 300 crore Agartala Flyover project to Hyderabad based Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC) which was blacklisted by Pondicherry Govt in 2012 for indulging into massive irregularities which was unearthed by the Anti¬Corruption Branch of CBI in Chennai, which failed in load testing on 25th April 2016.

It was December 2008 when National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has decided to retrofit a hospital and a school building in Tripura considering a possible high intensity earthquake in Northeast. But asked the former state govt to conduct a structural safety audit on existing constructions in the state before go for retrofitting he old buildings.

Now what the present govt does it matters. Undoubtedly the flyover will beautify the city, but safety of the people comes first.

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