Sunday, January 26, 2020

Airport mishap: Four taken into custody

Bhubaneswar: A day after roof of the under-construction `56-crore Link Building at Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) came crashing down, two senior officers of Airport Authority of India (AAI) and Managing Director of the firm which was awarded contract for construction were arrested on Saturday. The site engineer of the construction firm was also taken into custody by the Commissionerate Police which booked all the four under Sections 304 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.

Earlier in the day, Dilip Khatei, MD of Dilip Constructions Pvt Ltd which was awarded the work in 2018 was taken into custody for questioning. The AAI officers include Joint General Manager Goutam Ray and Assistant General Manager Asish Sarkar. The mishap claimed life of the helper of a construction vehicle while the driver suffered serious injuries.

The incident occurred at about 11.10 pm Friday night when the roof of the building was being cast. Director of BPIA VV Rao said the AAI will constitute a committee to inquire into the collapse of the link building roof. “All the labourers had left when a part of the concrete slab caved in. However, one person got trapped and another managed to escape.

AAI will form a committee and its members will arrive here soon to investigate the matter,” he added. The AAI had approved plan of the link building and the tender process was initiated in 2018. The project is being carried out at a cost of about `56 crore and the deadline of the construction is October.
26/01/20 New Indian Express

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