Odisha govt acts stern, 2 engineers arrested for bridge collapse in Bargarh


Bargarh: Assistant Executive Engineer Kamalakanta Taria and Junior Engineer Manoranjan Mohapatra of the Rural Development Department were arrested today in connection with the collapse of an under-construction bridge near Bheden in Bargarh district.

Similarly, the department placed Executive Engineer Amulya Mohapatra along with the assistant executive engineer and the junior engineer under suspension for dereliction of duty.

The contractor has also been blacklisted following the bridge collapse that injured at least seven persons, was being constructed under the Biju Setu Yojana (BSY) at an estimated cost of Rs 8.5 crore.

Meanwhile, Rural Development Department Chief Engineer Bharat Chandra Pradhan visited the site and collected samples of construction materials.

We have collected samples including cement concrete, iron rod and other materials which will be sent for examination to ascertain the quality of works, Bharat Chandra Pradhan said.

“A complete report will be submitted to the department secretary by the evening,” he added.

The accident took place when work on the last span was underway of the nine-span bridge.

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