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Tamil Nadu PWD minister blames contractor for the death of a worker in Natham flyover accident

- August 29, 2021

Chennai, August 29 (BPNS)

Tamil Nadu Public Works Minister, EV Velu said that the carelessness of the contractor has led to the collapse of the under-construction Madurai- Nathan flyover and added that it should have been an avoidable incident. The minister was speaking to reporters at Madurai on Sunday in presence of state finance minister PTR Thiagarajan who represents the Madurai assembly constituency.

The minister was speaking to the media at the accident spot where a guest worker, Anand Singh died in the flyover collapse.

Talakkulam police registered a case under Sections 304(a) and 287, IPC sections against incharges and supervisors on the accidental death of guest worker Aakash Singh following a complaint filed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

EV Velu said that the flyover work is part of the Rs 545 crore  Madurai- Natham four-lane highway and the work was likely to complete in 2022.

The state PWD minister said that the hydraulic lift would have malfunctioned resulting in the accident  and added that this was due to the improper care and safety of the contractor.

He said that two guest workers, Aakash Singh and Saroj Kumar were working at the site without any physical supervision. The state works minister said that he has directed the Madurai district collector to review and monitor the ongoing works in the site.

The minister while speaking to BPNS said, “ A lab sheet maintenance will be conducted soon in the state at the ongoing flyover construction site. The sheets will have details of people, supervisors, and the workers in the construction sites and the work they are carrying out every day. The reports would be submitted to the person who is heading the project on a day-to-day basis.”