Overpass Collapse Just Latest Construction Accident in India

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 9:33 AM

What followed was more or less routine in this country of 1.3 billion. The chief minister of W Bengal state accused the private builders and the previous government that'd commissioned the project.

When an under-construction overpass collapsed and killed at least twenty-three people in this bustling E Indian city, the images were shocking: massive fallen steel girders, taxis crumpled below slabs of concrete, a crushed truck, destroyed rickshaws and dozens of people trapped.

What followed was more or less routine in this country of 1.3 billion.

The chief minister of W Bengal state accused the private builders and the previous government that'd commissioned the project. Other executive shot back by accusing her of playing politics. And the builders expressed surprise, calling the accident "an act of God."

Tragic accidents from failing infrastructure, some of it elderly and some just being built, have occurred regularly as India undergoes a breakneck construction boom. Many projects are mired in untidy delays and allegations of corruption. Others are marred by destitute quality materials, inadequate supervision, destitute safety standards for workers or the outright flouting of building codes.

Construction of the Vivekanand overpass in the northern portion of the state capital of Kolkata was expected to be finished in two years when the contract was signed in two thousand-seventh with Hyderabad-based IVRCL Infrastructure. But number one was surprised when the company overshot both its budget and several deadlines.

Here are some other major construction accidents in India in recent years.

- April two thousand thirteen: At least seventy-four people were killed when an under-construction building collapsed in Thane, a western Indian suburb of Mumbai.

- November two thousand ten: A poorly built residential building toppled in a crowded portion of the Indian capital, killing sixty-five people.

- September two thousand ten: Shortly before India was to host the Commonwealth Games, a suspension bridge exterior a stadium crashed onto the road beneath it, injuring twenty-seven workers. The accident became a symbol of the chaos that surrounds India'south preparations for the sporting event.

- July two thousand nine: Five workers were crushed to death and thirteen others were injured when a portion of a bridge being built to carry Delhi'south metro trains collapses in a residential neighborhood.

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