NHAI debars defaulting contractor and consultants responsible for accident
The project was an under construction four lane bridge in West Bengal
National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has taken strict action against the defaulting firms on the unfortunate accident during launching of girders, at new four lane bridge over river Ganga at downstream of Farakka Barrage including approaches connecting Farakka- Raiganj section of NH 34 in West Bengal, leading to two casualties.
One of the under construction spans had collapsed owing to toppling of the launching girders leading to collapse of the erected span. Post incident, NHAI appointed a bridge expert to investigate the causes. It was found that the accident happened due to lack of coordination between contractor, design consultant and designer of launching girder in design & execution of the superstructure of the bridge. Further, the contractor and consultants responsible for design and launching girder system failed to present any convincing reasons during investigation for the causes leading to the unfortunate incident.
NHAI has accordingly taken action against the parties responsible for the accident as under:
*Qingdao Construction Engineering Group, China and RKEC Projects, India have been debarred from participation in future projects jointly as well as severally for 3 years.
*VAX Consultants and Nagesh Consultants are debarred from participation in future projects jointly as well as severally for 3 years.
*NC Infracon Consultant (New Delhi) has been debarred from participation in future projects jointly as well as severally for 3 years.
Dr Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, chairman, NHAI, 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.”