New Delhi: The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) have rapped the Indian Railways for constructing a faulty overbridge over rail tracks in Etawah.

The road overbridge which was constructed between May 2006 to April 2008 to connect the link road between Etawah and Farrukhabad developed cracks within eight months of its construction.

As per records, the Railways opened the bridge for public use even without taking an NOC from the Railway Safety Commissioner.

The flyover was closed once again after cracks developed and people were forced to use the old railway crossing.

The construction of the faulty flyover not only posed difficulties for the public, but has wasted Rs 13 crore of the public exchequers. While the Uttar Pradesh government contributed Rs 6.96 crore, the Railway Ministry contributed Rs 5.30 crore.  

In the recently presented CAG report (number-34), it has been highlighted that the Railways before opening the bridge for public use neither inspected the condition of the bridge on its own, nor did it take the desired NOC from the Railway Safety Commissioner.

For inspection of the bridge, the Railways had appointed RIT, Kanpur at a service charge of Rs 12 Lakh. RIT submitted its report on April 2009, which cited usage of bad quality concrete as the prime reason behind the cracks in the overbridge. The consultant has advised construction of a new bridge.

In September 2010, the CAG had asked for an explanation of the goof up from the Railways. Following which the railway board in November 2010 replied that the concerned officials and workers were fined heavily along with filing chargesheets.

CAG, however, refused to buy the explanation stating there was no mention of the measures taken by the Railways for the procedural glitches.

(JPN/ Bureau)