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Mumbai FOB collapse: Show cause notice against firm which termed bridge condition as 'Good'

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The Municipal Corporation of Greater (MCGM) on Saturday issued a show cause notice against DD Desai's Associated Engineering Consultants and which had carried out the work of of Bridges and Condition Survey including the report for of at Times of India, CST.

In the notice against DD Desai's firm, MCGM stated, "You have submitted the final report for the 39 bridges in City Zone South vide note dated August 6, 2018... As per the above report, DN Road, Near Times of India, CST at Sr. No. 18 shows the findings as in Good Condition."

"You have not raised any alarm for anticipated failure of structural members and not recommended any specific needs for repairs. You have also reported that the condition of joints, deflections, cracks, spalling etc. in GOOD Condition... You have suggested that the overall condition of the Bridge as GOOD," it further read.

MCGM has withdrawn all the allocated to the said firm. The Corporation has asked them to carry out the structural audit works at their risk and cost.

"From the findings as stated above, it can be concluded that the structural audit is not carried out correctly and major lapses are observed in conducting the Structural Audit of the Bridge on the background of sudden collapse of the Bridge on March 14, 2019 within a short period of submission of the Report on August 8, 2018," the notice further read.

MCGM has sought a reply from the firm asking them why they should not be blacklisted even after such a serious lapse.

Earlier in the day, (BMC) had directed one of their consultants to carry out inspections and review the structural audit report of 157 bridges in on a 'most urgent' basis.

The structural audit is required to be completed within one month and submit the same with a detailed investigation.

The work is awarded to which had carried out the of 157 various types of Bridges, ROB, FOB, Flyover, in Zone-III, Zone-IV and Zone-VII.

BMC has observed that the inventory report of the (CSMT) had mentioned that the bridge was in good condition and this has happened due to 'careless investigation of the bridge structure'.

"The is directed to do a re-inspection and detailed investigation of all 157 bridges and submit report and recommendation, if any within the prescribed period," read the BMC notice.

Earlier on Saturday, BMC had filed its preliminary report in the collapse case, outlining that could have avoided the tragedy, which claimed six lives.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 22:44 IST