In a stinging remark, the court referred this badly constructed flyover to popular Malayalam film "Panchavadi Palam", which tells the tale of a deal among politicians, bureaucracy and contractor.

Kerala HC compares Palarivattom flyover to film Panchavadi Palam seeks report
news Law Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 08:42

The Kerala High Court on Wednesday asked the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) to file a report on the Palarivattom flyover, closed 30 months after inauguration, and role of those involved in its construction.

In a stinging remark, the court referred this badly constructed flyover to popular Malayalam film "Panchavadi Palam", which tells the tale of a deal among politicians, bureaucracy and contractor. The film appears to have turned true in the case of the Palarivattom flyover, the court observed.

The High Court made the observation while the four arrested accused sought bail. “The faulty flyover could be razed and a new one built in its place,” said the court. This observation by the court comes at a time when the state government has said that the flyover is required to be reconstructed.

Built at a cost of Rs 48 crore during the Oommen Chandy regime, the flyover was supposed to serve for over 100 years. It was opened in October 2016. But as it started crumbling, it was shut for traffic on May 2019.

The flyover was built by the Delhi-based RDS Projects for the state-owned Roads and Bridges Development Corporation. KITCO was the supervision consultant for the project.The bail had been sought by project director Sumit Goyal of RDS Projects, former Public Works Department Secretary Soorej TO, Benny Paul who represented KITCO and MT Thankachen from the Roads and Bridges Development Corporation.

The VACB told the court on Wednesday that more arrests were lined up. The court fixed September 24 for further hearing on the bail plea.Early this week, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan asked 'Metroman' E. Sreedharan to take charge of rebuilding the Palarivattom flyover. On Wednesday, Pinarayi said corruption would not be tolerated and no one would be spared.

Reacting to developments in the court, former Public Works Department Minister and senior legislator VK Ebrahim Kunju said he didn't fear arrest as he was not involved in the technicalities of the flyover's construction.

Also read:

 Palarivattom flyover reconstruction: Traffic, environmental concerns ahead for Kochi

Palarivattom flyover scam: Why 4 including a former PWD secy have been remanded

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