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CST bridge collapse just another cog in the wheel of shame

Tuesday - March 19, 2019 10:18 am , Category : WTN SPECIAL

The bridges are not even old enough to come crushing down. This is a clear indictment of the poor construction material used and the money siphoned off by the contractor in consonance with the corrupt officials.

WTN- Another bridge collapse is Mumbai is a grim reminder of our poor addressing of civic concerns and the play of corruption in building and maintenance of public installations that concern the common man.

This is the third such collapse of foot over bridges in close succession that have killed close to 40 people. Building and bridge collapse has become an accepted norm in our society. No one knows when which flyover will crumble. No one can assure which bridge is strong enough to sustain the pressure of age and load. The greatest irony is these bridges regularly pass the government safety audits, and no one raises an objection to their credibility.

The bridge at CST had passed the quality test just four months back and was okayed by the inspecting officials. No bridge collapses in a day— the creaks start months before but we need to listen to them and accept it. The bolts loosen by and by, for months, but no audit assesses them.

The bridges are not even old enough to come crushing down. This is a clear indictment of the poor construction material used and the money siphoned off by the contractor in consonance with the corrupt officials. This is the only reason why the lapses and lacunae go unnoticed and unattended. Every public construction today is a potential threat to the public because most of them are built in a hurry, often shoddily and with compromised material because money changes hands and the shortcomings are shoved under the carpet.

No one cares for the lives of commoners. It is hardly likely we will learn anything from the recent collapse, just as we haven’t learnt anything from the past mishaps. There would be hundreds of other such bridges in the city of Mumbai itself which can pose dangers but are not honestly assessed for early redressing and repair. It is only when accidents happen and people die that we wake up, the administration shows some high alacrity and vows the toughest of actions, only waiting out for the issue to die down after sometime.

No one knows if the wrong-doers are ever found and if they are ever punished.  But from what we see on the surface, it doesn’t seem that the moneyed and linked contractors who build these bridges are ever grilled. Neither the audit officials, who pass them as ok, are ever reprimanded. This lack of action and accountability keeps the tradition of negligence and corruption alive. It is a never-ending vicious circle.

Unless we have honest bosses at the top who have the power and the ability to change things, and they actually do so, without fear or favour, these unfortunate series of deaths will continue to pile shame on India’s development story.-Window To News