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Probe initiated into Rampura flyover collapse

Gurugram: Barely seven months after it was repaired, concrete came off from the surface of Rampura Flyover, forcing its closure for the traffic.

Now a probe has been initiated. Interestingly, an FIR has already been registered in this case when the part of flyover collapsed last year.

Even though officials blamed the cracks were developed due to the movement of overloaded vehicles on the stretch, a reason that was also given last year the reasoning has drawn the ire of commuters and experts alike.

Last year on December 17, chunks of concrete fell off from the same spot at the Rampur flyover, exposing the iron rods. At that time, the underpass also had to be closed as a precautionary measure till the NHAI repaired the stretch.

Ramesh Kumar, an RTI activist on whose complaint a case was registered against unnamed NHAI officials and the contractor, said that the investigation in the matter has been delayed and he had submitted an application in the court requesting early probe.

Sources however claim that the contractor who was in charge of the maintenance of the flyover did not carry the due diligence that led to the concrete block coming off.

The senior official of NHAI will be again sending their team to inspect the matter.

"We will inspect the damaged stretch again and identify what has gone wrong," said a senior official from NHAI

Last year on December 17, chunks of concrete fell off from the same spot at the Rampura flyover, exposing the iron rods. At that time, the underpass also had to be closed as a precautionary measure till the NHAI repaired the stretch.

Rampura flyover, around 11-km from Rajiv Chowk, was opened for traffic in 2016.

It is maintained by the Pink City Expressway Private Limited, concessionaire of the highway between Jaipur and Gurugram up to Kherki

Daula.

It must be noted that there are no streetlights along this stretch of the highway. The flyover and the underpass below it are used by thousands of residents.

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