Bridge collapse: Gammon, Hyundai not `guilty`
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 09:08
Kota (Raj): The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) on Tuesday said it has not found Gammon India and Hyundai Engineering "guilty" in the collapse of the bridge over the Chambal river here.

NHAI Chairman Brijeshawar Singh told reporters at the rescue operations site, "We have not found Gammon India and Hyundai guilty in the Chambal bridge collapse."

On the issue of blacklisting the companies he said that "We must follow a procedure based on proofs to blacklist."

Singh said that there had been "some technical reason" behind the collapse which would come out only after the "debris is removed" and investigation completed.

To get to the actual reason for the incident, the iron ropes recovered from the debris and the quality of iron used would be thoroughly probed, he said.

The Chairman said two NHAI officials had been booked under section 304 (culpable homicide) and 308 (Attempt to commit culpable homicide) of IPC and added "we are also investigating the role of our officials".

A four-member committee with two independent members set-up by the authority will go into the collapse.

Terming the collapse a "painful" event in the track record of the authority, the chairman said it could not be compared to the Delhi Metro overhead bridge collapse which was of a different nature.

Singh said that 33 per cent of the payment has been made to the construction companies and 40 per cent of the work on the bridge had been completed before it collapsed.

He added that "the project would now be delayed for 9 to 12 months" and is expected to be completed by December 2011.


First Published: Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 09:08

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