IIT reports on the Vivekananda Road Flyover on Wednesday revealed that the design of the flyover was faulty. The report also points out at the lack of use of proper construction material, faulty design approval and wrongful project execution of the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority. The flyover had collapsed on March 31, 2016, leading to the death of at least 26 people.
The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government had then formed a committee to probe into the reasons of the accident. The committee consisted of former professors of IIT- Kharagpur, Anandarpan Gupta, and Swapna Majumdar. It was headed by Chief secretary Basudev Banerjee. The committee met on Wednesday at Nabana to file the report. Anandarpan Gupta and Swapna Majumdar, both former professors of Civil engineering and Structural engineering respectively, submitted their final report. The state government now has to follow the recommendations of the IIT-Kharagpur reports on what steps should be taken in regards to the existing portion of the flyover.
According to reports, the government has now asked the committee to examine the remaining portion of the flyover and file another report on the stability of the structure. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had assigned RITES, an engineering consultancy company to monitor the condition of flyovers, bridges, and rail bridges, all over the state, including the Vivekananda Flyover. RITES had been asked to submit a report on the condition of the what remained of the collapsed flyover. But the consulting PSU informed the government of requiring another two months for the purpose. The West Bengal Police have lodged a case against the company IVRCL that was tasked with building the flyover. 10 officials of the company have been arrested. Chief engineer of the Kolkata Metropolitan Department (KMDA) has also been arrested.