Visakhapatnam: The Anakapalle town police have registered cases against site engineer, general manager, and Madhya Pradesh-based Dilip Buildcon Ltd. after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed near Anakapalle in Vizag district on Tuesday killing two.

The cases were filed under section 304 (2) of the IPC. The police have launched an investigation to ascertain whether the incident was the result of poor construction, human error, or lack of safety measures, said the DSP of Anakapalle, K. Sravani.

The under-construction flyover, coming up at the Y-Junction in Anakapalle, is part of the Anandapuram-Anakapalle highway project. On Tuesday, two concrete girders spanning 40 meters in width and weighing over 35 tonnes came crashing down on a car and lorry that were below the flyover.

The flyover was part of the widening of the six-lane Anandapuram-Anakapalle 51-km road via Pendurthi and Sabbavaram towns in the district. The ambitious project was being executed by Dilip Buildcon Ltd. under the Bharatmala Pariyojana Scheme.

The company had erected the pre-fabricated girders two weeks ago. Senior architects and structural engineers in the city say the mishap took place due to improper alignment of the girders.

CPM state secretariat member Ch. Narasinga Rao has asked the government to conduct an investigation and constitute a committee headed by a retired judge to ascertain the cause of the mishap. The investigation team should verify whether there were issues in the design or quality of the materials used for construction, he said, adding that the police should arrest the contractor and also blacklist the company for its negligence.

The six-lane 51-km Anandapuram-Anakapalle road via Pendurthi and Sabbavaram towns is scheduled to be completed by July 2021. However, only 80 per cent of the works could be completed and the remaining work was delayed due to legal issues regarding land acquisition in parts of Pendurthi and Sabbavaram mandals in the district.

The CPM leaders have demanded that the state government pay ex-gratia of Rs. 1 crore to families of the victims but the government has announced only Rs. 20 lakh compensation.

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