Collapse of Bakhirna Bridge : 3 PWD Engineers placed under suspension for dereliction in duties

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Shimla, May 22

State Government has placed under suspension the then Executive Engineer, HPPWD, Division Rohru and presently posted at Theog Ravi Bhatti, Assistant Engineer, Rohru Narender Singh Naik and Junior Engineer, Civil, HPPWD, Rohru Section Vijay Kumar for their negligence in proper supervision and monitoring in construction of double lane bridge over River Pabbar at Bakhirna in Rohru of Shimla district which collapsed/ damaged on 13th of this month.
Disclosing this, Principal Secretary PWD J.C. Sharma said here today that on the directions of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, the State Government constituted a three members committee to inquire into the reasons of its collapse.
 He said that as per the report in addition to technical shortcomings in construction of the said bridge, negligence in proper supervision and monitoring was also pointed out. 
He said that a detailed inquiry in the matter was conducted and all these three engineers were primarily found responsible for the lapse. 
 He said that these officers have been put under suspension and show cause notices were being issued to remaining officers or officials posted and associated with the said construction work.
J.C. Sharma said that the State Government led by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was committed for ensuring quality construction of developmental works and any laxity in this regard would be viewed seriously and strict action would be taken against the erring officials.

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