Bridge collapse in Kolkata raises concerns over corruption

Bridge collapse in Kolkata raises concerns over corruption

Bridge collapse in Kolkata raises concerns over corruption

Written by Staff Writer

03 Apr, 2016 | 6:11 am

The deadly bridge collapse in Kolkata, India, has caused discontent and anger among locals who believe the main cause of the accident is attributed to corruption.

A 60-meter portion of the overpass collapsed on Thursday and crushed vehicles on Vivekananda Road, killing 26 as of Saturday.

Officials from the construction and engineering company responsible for building the bridge have been arrested, because it was already blacklisted by several local authorities. Now, the public wonders why such a company of disrepute could still obtain construction projects from the government.

“Corruption is the main reason for the bridge collapse. The politicians and businessmen are in collusion,” said Deepak Singh, a member of the Indian National Congress.

According to a Chinese contractor working for years on construction projects in India, there is no strict quality standard in the construction sector in India, which leads to the potential safety problems.

On the other hand, many parts of the country are looking to speed up economic development, but ingnore other things like safety and quality. So local government officials barely leave leave any profit for contractors during the bidding process in order to squeeze the costs.

Therefore, some businesses have to cut costs by using construction materials of low quality.

“In the local level, there is no law. If someone mixes cement with sand, not properly, the building will collapse. Not today, (then) the day after tomorrow. It’s going to happen,” said Rahul Pandey, a Kolkata resident.

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