All PWD officers have been instructed nicely earlier than the monsoons to make sure security at street, bridge and constructing worksites. Accidents just like the one on Saturday at a bridge in Thripunithura, which claimed the lifetime of a youth, may have been prevented if the officers involved had paid heed to the directions, Public Works Minister P.A. Mohamed Riyas instructed mediapersons at Fort Kochi on Monday.
The division is not going to tolerate any such apathy in regard to security and high quality of works, he mentioned, and warranted that motion will probably be taken if the general public informs him or larger ups within the division about compromises made in development.
To a query on a piece of contractors searching for cowl below the alibi that there must be particular point out within the settlement about warning boards, barricades, reflectors, and different security measures, Mr. Riyas mentioned the PWD Manual has talked about intimately concerning the norms to make sure public security. The division’s field-level officers resembling Assistant Engineer and overseer are responsibility sure to stick to this, and better officers such because the Assistant Executive Engineer must supervise this. After all, human life and taxpayer’s cash are at stake. Instructions have been given to Chief Engineers of every wing to make sure that the officers involved examine all work websites.
The police have been instructed to register legal circumstances, in incidents just like the current one at Thripunithura. An in depth probe is underway (following which the contractor, Assistant Engineer and Assistant Executive Engineer have been arrested) and an inner enquiry has been launched as nicely.
When his consideration was drawn to the situation of the arterial Vyttila-Thykoodam Road in Kochi that’s in shoddy situation, after being trenched by KWA for pipelaying work, Mr. Riyas mentioned there have been complaints concerning the KWA typically trenching roads which are in good situation. Each division must register the work they intend to execute on roads in a typical portal to forestall such conditions. They additionally ought to revive the roads in secure and motorable situation quickly after their work is over, he added.
Demand to blacklist
The Thripunithura Rajanagari Union of Residents Associations (TRURA) has within the meantime demanded that the police cost the contractor and the errant PWD officers (Bridges wing) within the Thripunithura case with homicide. “The residents’ body had met the officials over a year ago and demanded that the contractor be blacklisted, when an embankment near the bridge collapsed, since the same contractor had been found wanting in the renovation work of Andhakaara Thodu,” mentioned its convenor V.C. Jayendran.