Muradnagar roof collapse: Civic entire body had no full time junior engineer for above a calendar year

Ghaziabad: For the past a person-and-a-50 % several years, the Muradnagar Nagar Palika has had no total time junior engineer (JE – civil), in spite of one particular article formally allotted to the community overall body. It is learnt that one of the arrested suspects, junior engineer CP Singh, who was arrested by the police right after the roof collapse in Muradnagar, was in truth posted with the Modinagar Nagar Palika and was keeping an supplemental charge of JE-civil at Muradnagar.

On January 3, a roof collapse at the Ukhlarsi cremation floor led to 24 fatalities and about a dozen individuals staying hurt. An first report in link with the incident experienced uncovered “sub-standard” construction-product and “design issues” experienced allegedly led to the roof collapse.

It has been learnt from resources that the construction which collapsed was almost certainly erected in the past quarter of 2020, although the junior engineer who experienced the extra charge at Muradnagar retired on September 30, 2020.

Thereafter, no engineer was posted to appear just after the ongoing operate.

“The JE retired in September/Oct. He was on an more charge at Muradnagar. We have just one submit of JE sanctioned. The preceding complete time JE had been transferred about a person-and-a-fifty percent yrs ago. Immediately after the latest JE with more charge retired, we have had no JE with the Palika till day. The shelter was remaining created as element of beautification function and the JE was exclusively accountable to look immediately after the high-quality checks. The perform was below design,” explained Vikas Teotia, the chairperson of the Muradnagar Nagar Palika, incorporating that the JE or the contractor need to have barricaded the construction place.

“The inspections are accomplished by officers of Uttar Pradesh General public Is effective Office (UP PWD) and a technical audit committee (TAC) as very well. On the basis of total reports by engineers, the govt-officer of the Palika offers a go in advance for payments,” he added.

The officials of the UP PWD, nonetheless, said that their perform was only minimal to ascertaining no matter if the buildings were being current at the site or not.

“The JE hooked up to Muradnagar retired on September 30, 2020 and thereafter no engineer has been posted with the Palika. The get the job done of the PWD engineer is only limited to validate regardless of whether the buildings are current at the floor stage or not. A single of our assistant engineers inspected the website in March and July, and the construction which collapsed was not present at the web site then,” said Manish Verma, executive engineer of the UP PWD, including that the JE (civil) of the Muradnagar Nagar Palika was entrusted with the duty to make sure that benchmarks, specs and quality is maintained.

He reported that a district-stage specialized audit committee (TAC), fashioned by the district magistrate, comprising engineers from PWD and the rural engineering office, experienced also visited the cremation ground web site for inspection of structures on August 17.

“As element of the TAC, we inspected the boundary wall, platform, tiles, retailer, toilets, and many others., and noticed that building operates have been there at the internet site. But the construction which collapsed was not existing at the website till August 17. The TAC inspects no matter whether the structure is current at web-site or not and goes for inspections when community bodies contact them for the very same,” Verma additional.

The investigation of the roof collapse incident has now been entrusted to a particular investigation crew (SIT) which arrived at Ghaziabad on Friday and will also be probing angles of bribery, as alleged by contractor Ajay Tyagi.

Resources mentioned that the construction was about 25 metres in length and 5.5 metres in width, and the investigators should really probe if its measurements have been provided in the unique estimate of operate allotted to the contractor or not.

“This suggests that it is to be probed regardless of whether the framework was part of the get the job done assigned or was it finding built additionally,” the supply extra.

It is also learnt that there were being makes an attempt by the district administration officials to give further cost of Muradnagar to the JE of Khoda Nagar Palika, but it did not materialise, sources from Khoda Nagar Pallika verified.

Like Muradnagar, Khoda Palika also has a person publish which is duly allotted to a total time JE. The Modinagar and Loni Palikas have two sanctioned posts for JE (civil).

When contacted, district justice of the peace Ajay Shankar Pandey stated: “The incident is taken up for investigation by an SIT. It is up to them to choose up any required investigation.”

Aditya Prajapati, the sub divisional magistrate of Modinagar, who the district justice of the peace stated is seeking right after the do the job of the government-officer of Muradnagar Nagar Palika, did not respond to repeated calls for his responses more than the issue.