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Saturday, 24 October 2020 3.12 PM IST

Is metro man E Sreedharan ‘egoistic’; his findings on Palarivattom bridge silenced company’s lawyer

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KOCHI: Supreme Court has give nod to demolish Palarivattom bridge, which is one of the biggest examples of Kerala’s corrupt administration and bureaucracy. The bridge in Palarivattom took two years to build, was inaugurated in a pompous ceremony and it was closed down within 2 years and 6 months citing structural weakness in its construction. Rs 39 crores took for the construction of the bridge, which resembles to the classic satirical film of K G George’s ‘Panchavadipalam.’ This project was brought in during the tenure of the Oommen Chandy government. When the bridge’s ‘structural weakness,’ came to light it was closed down and repairing works started, but those efforts ended in vain. The panel of experts appointed by the government under metroman E Sreedharan also stated that minor repairing works won’t bring lasting solution to the bridge’s structural weakness.

State government took the responsibility of bridges construction in Edapally, Palarivattom, Vyttila and Kundanoor citing the high tolls that passengers had to pay if these bridges are constructed by NHAI(National Highway Authority Of India). Four persons were held in the graft case in connection with Palarivattom bridge construction including former secretary of public works department, T O Sooraj. Others are the M D of construction firm RDS projects, Sumit Goyal, Former MD of Kitco Benny Paul and former additional manager of RBCC, M D Thankacahan. Sumit Goyal is the first accused in the case.

The construction company went to high court seeking to conduct the weight test on the bridge, when the state government took the stand to demolish it on the basis of E Sreedharan’s report. High court ordered to conduct weight test on the firm’s plea against which state government approached Supreme Court. The apex court finally allowed state government to demolish the bridge.

Is Sreedharan egoistic?

State government approached Supreme Court on the twin appeals to nullify HC’s order and also to grant permission to demolish Palarivattom bridge. Abhishek Manu Singhvi who appeared for the company in Supreme Court has said that E Sreedharan’s ego is behind the government’s decision to demolish the bridge. Gopal Sankaranarayanan who appeared for consultant Kitco also supported Singhvi’s words. Whereas K K Venugopal who appeared for the state said that such statements against Sreedharan who is one the greatest technocrat that the country had ever seen should be condemned.

The supreme court which ratified the government’s view that the condition of the bridge is in a dangerous state and weight test cannot be conducted, also criticised high court for giving such an unscientific verdict.

New bridge will stand for a century

Attorney general, K K Venugopal also informed the court that the new bridge which was designed under the technical expertise of E Sreedharan and IIT Chennai will have a life span of 100 years. Its total cost will be Rs 18 crores. Repair works on the existing bridge would cost Rs 8 crore and it won’t stand beyond 20 years.

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TAGS: E SREEDHARAN, METROMAN, PALARIVATTOM BRIDGE, WEIGHT TEST, KK VENUGOPAL, MANU ABHSHEK SINGHVI, SUPREME COURT, HIGH COURT
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