Varanasi, May 17: The Varanasi bridge collapse which claimed 18 lives this Tuesday, has posed a lot of questions on the standard of work carried out by the UP State Bridge Corporation (UPSBC). Speaking on the tragic incident, the UP Police said on Wednesday that it sent at least five letters warning the UPSBC repeatedly to follow proper safety regulations during the construction of the bridge, as per Indian Express reports. Inspector General (IG) Deepak Rattan confirmed the same saying they had issued five letters to the UPBSC since November 2017 but it fell on deaf ears. IG Rattan said that the police force had to repeatedly alert the state bridge corporation for taking traffic safety measures.Also Read - Gangsters' Flats Worth Rs 1.90 Crore Attached in UP's Greater Noida
However, UPSBC managing director Rajan Mittal refuted the UP Police’s claims and said that the state bridge corporation had taken several steps and also written to the district administration asking them to provide officials for traffic management and removal of vendors but they received no response, as per Indian Express report. Mittal spoke to Indian Express and said, “Local officers also wrote about four-five letters in the past to remove street vendors from the construction site but nothing happened. Technical teams are conducting an inquiry and responsibilities will be fixed accordingly.” Also Read - Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath's 'Gullu' Is An Internet Sensation. Have You Seen Pics Yet?
The blame however didn’t end here. District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra said that the UPBSC was guilty and had never written to him rather it was the other way round and the state bridge corporation didn’t take any action regarding the traffic safety regulations. Also Read - 'Issued By Malafide': Karnataka High Court Quashes UP Police Notice to Twitter India MD
Meanwhile an FIR was registered yesterday against the state bridge corporation officials. Sections 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) and 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against the officials. Apart from this, at least four officials of the UP State Bridge Corporation have been suspended by UP deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. The suspended officials are- chief project manager HC Tiwari, project manager KR Sudan, assistant engineer Rajesh Singh and engineer Lal Chand.
With a high-level investigation team constituted by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to investigate the tragic incident has been called for.