Bridge an afterthought; work started only in July

The Rs 5-crore foot overbridge that collapsed on Tuesday afternoon was caught in bureaucratic red tape for months with the final approval coming just six months back in March this year. This meant work on the foot overbridge could be started only in July, with less than a hundred days to go for its opening.

The proposal to construct a foot overbridge, not a part of the original Barapullah elevated corridor project, had been sent by the PWD to the Delhi government last year. The government realised pretty late that an overbridge would be necessary for pedestrians to reach Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium from the main parking area.

But various departments kept tossing the project files around. "The final approval came in March and the contract was awarded on April 20. But due to the constraints at the site, work on the bridge could be started only by mid-July when the park-and-ride facility was in place," said a senior PWD engineer.

The work was allotted to Chandigarh-based PKR Infra Pvt Limited, a firm which specialises in steel fabrication work. They have also involved with work at the Thyagaraja and Chhattrasal stadiums.

The government has constituted a team of experts led by retired CPWD DG H S Dogra to look into the cause of the accident and suggest remedial measures within a fortnight. A notice for blacklisting has been served on the contractor.

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