Hyderabad flyover collapses.

9 09 2007

September 9th – 9:03 PM.

Image Courtesy Rediff.com.Its finally stopped raining after almost 2 hours. The lights have just come back, the cable is still down, only just connected to internet. Went out to grab some groceries, when my HR guy calls me and tells me that a part of the Panjagutta flyover (an in progress project, to link Begumpet and Jubilee Hills) had collapsed, killing at least 15 people. Unacceptable but again the life will move on without anybody being held responsible for such a tragedy.

The ambitious flyover is an 11 km project and had now been under construction for almost an year. The project had not even been completed yet. Seemingly weak stilts & heavy rainfall were the reasons for the collapse.

When recently a bridge collapsed in US on August 2nd, killing 7 people it became a national tragedy. I hope again we do not continue our knee jerk reaction and forget about this incident before finding out the exactly what & who were responsible for this glaring failure.

Image Courtesy Rediff.com.Most of our guys have checked in to say they are all fine, which is a relief.

Tragedy comes in twos – first the twin blasts in Hyderabad, where one of the blast sites was about 4-5 KMs from our apartments and now flyover collapse a section of which is barely about 700 meters from our apartments.

Godspeed Hyderabadis!

And we want ANSWERS.

***Update September 10th – 01:10 AM***

The cable is still down most probably because my cable provider’s office is in Panjagutta and some lines may have been effected due to the collapse, thats the only explainable reason. However, was able to see the story on IBN Live. The death toll mounts to 30. This is really turning out to be worse than I had expected. Trying to catch news on NDTV 24×7 but there is a big discussion going on over being overweight.

***Updates 11:25 AM***

The death toll has been lowered to two now, three by some accounts.

***Updates 03:40 PM***

Andhra Pradesh Government has filed a case against the Gammon Constructions India and suspended 3 government officials. It has setup an inquiry which has been asked to submit a report in 3 days. They have been quick to act against the private company and the administrative, what they have not addressed up to now is what of the gross administrative neglect and failure of its ranks and files. Would we see a politician taking blame? I think not! In India, the polity is virtually never wrong, its only failure all around them.

The casualty reports are now at 4 dead and 10 injured. Government has announced a 5 Lac compensation for those dead and 20 K for the injured.

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6 responses

10 09 2007
Snehashis Dutta

Worse, the rescue team was not able to reach the place due to traffic jams.. Can you believe this??

10 09 2007
Anshuman Dimri

Hi Snehashis

Yes it is pretty difficult to understand as to how it took an hour for injured to be taken to nearby NIMS and Care hospital. Everytime there is an incident like this, it just throws light on how unprepared our support services are.

Seemingly traffic, volunteers, VIPs (& their entourage) and curious onlookers created an impassable wall. What does Police do? Laathicharge, I am sure it wouldn’t be as bad as it sounds but it shows that the emergency services are not geared to efficiently take care of such accidents.

17 09 2007
Pradeep Nandakumar

These contractors are the dirtiest bastards! All they want is – How much can I save – both – in terms of money and quality! The bastards deserve to be beheaded !

18 09 2007
Anshuman Dimri

Pradeep

By putting the blame only on the contractors we would be doing injustice to the gross failure of the system. Who bring these contractors in? Administrators? Politicians? The whole system is a rot, not just a part of it. According to accounts Gammon Contractors have sub-contracted the project to contractors who are close to government.

Isn’t the government and administration responsible to choosing such tendors? And if they are why did they choose them? Its hardly a secret on how money greases all the wheels.

Anshuman

14 10 2007
Pradeep Nandakumar

So Sorry I am checking this after a long time. I thought my statements would recover no replies. I am happy that I was wrong. Yes, it all boils down to the political system. As wise men say – It all boils to the ROT of the bloody political system. Is there a way for me to know of the activities of all this via mail ? I want to be in touch of whatever is happening. With the people.
Very true about all that you have said Anshuman, I totally agree. Thanks for responding. After my last post here, today is when I happened to check it again – happened by chance. Do we have a mailing system here? can we make this stronger ?? feelthewheel@yahoo.com is my mail id. 9949 800049 is my phone number. My support will be around man. ANYTIME.

17 01 2008
rambhai

i guess the guy who own the honda city will be pretty mad at the govt~~`for makin a flyover from cards

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