Sudin lays blame on national highway contractor

Ponda: Five days after the Curti Khandepar retaining wall
collapse incident, former PWD minister Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar inspected
the site on Monday and blamed the national highway contractor M Venkata Rao
Infra Projects Pvt Ltd for negligence.

“PWD had asked the national highway contractor in
December 2018 to shift the 900-mm diameter and 750-mm diameter water pipelines.
Even in January 2019, the contractor was reminded about it. But the contractor
did not act and it has led to all this,” Dhavalikar said while speaking to the
press.

“The retaining wall, which has collapsed, was constructed
in 1999 and due to its weak structure, the PWD had asked the national highway
contractor to shift the pipelines on a priority basis. Secondly, after the
road-widening work, the pipelines have now gone underneath the road. Considering
this, the shifting of the pipelines was necessary,” Dhavalikar said.

Initially, there were four pipelines on the same side of
the road, all originating from the Opa water treatment plant. However, after a
request from the PWD, the contractor had shifted two pipelines to the other
side of the road.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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