State Axes Panda Infra

Odisha Government today announced its decision to disengage the private company from the construction of the flyover at Bomikhal here four days after a portion of an under-construction flyover caved in killing one laborer.

Secretary Works, Nalini Kanta Pradhan said, "The Government has decided to disengage Panda Infra Private Limited(PIPL) from the construction of the flyover with immediate effect."


 The State Government will take further action against the company after it receives a Final Report from the 8-Member Expert Team, he added.


The Twin City Police have arrested Pratap Kishore Panda, PIPL Managing Director. He was produced before SDJM Court here, which sent him to Jharpada Jails here.


On 3 May late evening one labourer was killed and another sustained serious injuries when a portion of the flyover, which has already missed its deadline by over six months, collapsed.


 Replying to a query Secretary Mr.Pradhan said that the Government had allowed PIPL to go ahead with the flyover construction even after a portion of the flyover collapsed on September 10 last year and claimed the life of a city businessman and left 11 others injured.


"But the company did not bother to mend its ways because of which the flyover caved in again, which is an unpardonable crime, he added.


Mr.Pradhan said that construction worth Rs 4-5 crore is left for completion of the flyover at Bomikhal.


"The flyover work will be completed in two months and it will be inaugurated after being verified by a third party," Secretary said.


State Government is taking all steps to provide a hassle free and safe ride on flyover after it is completed, said a Senior Engineer supervising in the site.


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