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Bridge collapse: 2 civic engineers suspended, inquiry ordered

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Municipal Ajoy on Friday suspended two civic engineers and ordered an inquiry against them in connection with the footover bridge collapse incident which claimed six lives.

He also ordered a departmental inquiry against the two engineers besides an and two retired engineers of the (BMC).

The gave the directions following an inquiry conducted into the incident by the (vigilance).

A R Patil, who had supervised the of the bridge in 2017-18, and assistant engineer S F Kakulte who had supervised its repair works in 2013-14, were suspended and a full-fledged departmental probe ordered against them, an said.

also ordered a departmental inquiry against former engineer (bridges) S O Kori and former engineer R B Tare--both retired.

The inquiry report said these four officers were responsible for poor supervision of the in 2017-18.

Charges will be framed against the officers accordingly, the added.

also ordered that an FIR be lodged against Prof D D Desai's Associated Consultants & Analysts Pvt Ltd for irresponsibly carrying out the "that led to the collapse of the bridge and loss of human lives".

He also directed that the be removed from the empanelled list of of the BMC with immediate effect.

"All payments pending to be made to this be stopped and for any payments made earlier, due process of recovery be started," the order issued by Mehta said.

Mehta also asked the authorities to withdraw other ongoing works allotted to the firm with immediate effect and directed that prior auditing works done by the firm should again be audited through a different structural audit company.

The report submitted by the (vigilance) mentioned that structural audit was not carried out correctly and major lapses were found.

"The audit was conducted in an irresponsible manner and the auditor did not raise any alarm for anticipated failure of structural members and not recommended any specific need for repairs," it said.

Six persons were killed and 31 injured after a section of the footover bridge near a busy train station in south collapsed during evening rush hour on Thursday.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 21:30 IST