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Vivekananda Road flyover needs demolition: Experts

KOLKATA: The report on the ill-fated Vivekananda Road Flyover that has been submitted in the state secretariat on Tuesday confirmed that the concrete structure of it is in a "poor state" and it needs to be demolished.
It may be mentioned that 28 people had died and more than 70 were injured when a portion of the under constructed Vivekananda Road Flyover had collapsed on the busy intersection of Rabindra Sarani and Vivekananda Road on March 31 in 2016.
In the report, experts from Kharagpur IIT state that the concrete portion of the flyover needs to be demolished immediately.
Though there is no clear mention to bring down the steel structure, the design has been found faulty by the experts indicating complete demolition of the flyover.
Questions have been raised on the quality of the material used to construct the flyover. Sources said the experts have also alerted in the report about the movement of vehicles that takes place under the flyover.
The report has been submitted on Tuesday to the Additional Chief Secretary of the state Public Works department, Indevar Pandey, and it will be forwarded to the Chief Secretary for the high power committee to make a final decision in this connection.
It is learnt that soon there will be a high-level meeting to take the final decision after going through the reports of the experts from IIT Kharagpur. It may be mentioned that the cost of demolition would be around Rs 100 crore.
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