The collapse of a slab of the 6-km-long flyover underneath development in Gurugram on Saturday places the highlight as soon as once more on the standard of labor and materials invested in public infrastructure — highways, overbridges, underpasses and street elevations. Safety norms appear to have been given brief shrift as cities wrestle to seek out methods to deal with the growing load of inhabitants and site visitors. Such accidents occur with an alarming frequency in our nation, with little to point out by the use of accountability or deterrent penalties. The collapse of a portion of Kolkata’s under-construction Vivekananda Setu, a flyover, that value 26 lives and left many wounded continues to be recent in our minds, not just for the apparently substandard work but additionally for the contractor’s callously dismissive remark of it being ‘an act of God’.
Luckily, a serious tragedy was averted within the Gurugram case. Due to the Covid-induced weekend and night-time restrictions in Haryana, the site visitors on the time of the crash — round 10 pm — was gentle on the in any other case typically busy Sohna Road of the Millennium City. Two labourers have landed in hospital with accidents. A few days earlier, Gurugram residents had needed to bear the results of one other shoddy piece of street work when a stretch of the busy Iffco Chowk caved in following torrential rain. No classes appear to have been learnt from an analogous incident of final August, when part of an underpass on MG Road gave in to the monsoon fury. The authorities appear to have scant regard for commuters who incessantly encounter resultant hiccups in easy rides; and roads barricaded for indefinite durations appear to be par for the course. The Sohna Road accident is prone to be a setback for the July 2021 deadline of the flyover challenge.
A speedy probe and ferreting out of causes that led to the large concrete blocks of the flyover falling down, as additionally punishment to these responsible of giving security and high quality norms the go-by, are important. Along with this, frequent checks of works underneath progress will go a good distance in reforming the final tradition of unaccountability and blatant corruption in works involving large budgets.