Speedy construction not to blame for pillar cast collapse, says GDA
GHAZIABAD: The Ghaziabad Development Authority on Tuesday denied that brisk construction work had anything to do with the collapse of the steel scaffolding of a pillar for the Hindon elevated road, though it set up a panel to investigate what went wrong.
“It seems when concrete was being poured inside the steel cast, it began to tilt sideways,” GDA vice-chairman Vijay Yadav said on Wednesday. The scaffolding for Pillar No. 192 on GT Road fell at 9.25pm on Tuesday, injuring a construction worker and a passerby.
“The nuts and bolts are tightened manually by labourers. There is no mechanism to ensure the bolts have fastened properly and the shuttering pieces are held together tightly,” Yadav added. “The casting had not been done yet. Steel rods meant to make up the frame of the pillar bent sideways when concrete was being poured inside the frame, which gave way. The cause of the accident can only be determined after a probe.”
Yadav said there had been no other problem with construction work on the elevated road that will connect Raj Nagar Extension with UP Gate. “More than 95% work on pillars has been completed. The first phase is expected to be commissioned by November-December,” he said.
The five-member expert panel formed to probe the scaffolding’s collapse will be led by GDA superintending engineer RK Jaiswal. Its other members include a representative each of RITES and Central Road Research Institute, which the GDA has nominated for third-party quality assurance. A representative each from private consulting agencies employed for engineering and design of the elevated road make up the two other members of the panel.
The report will be submitted within two weeks.