Incessant rains in Rajanna-Sircilla district in Telangana has resulted in the breaking and bending of an under construction bridge in Vemulawada. The state government has taken up the bridge construction with as much as Rs 22 crore on the Mulavagu (water tank/body), and the works have been underway for the last four years.
The Mulavagu has seen heavy flooding due to the recent rains, leading to bending of the beams and washing away of iron boxes and rods that are being used for construction.
Cracks developed in an under- construction bridge at Vemulawada in minister KTR's Rajanna Sircilla's constituency. Speaks volumes about the bad quality of construction and technical knowledge of the contractor. #Telangana pic.twitter.com/HekEilGmNB— Paul Oommen (@Paul_Oommen) September 20, 2019
The government had decided to construct two bridges on Mulavagu in Vemulawada, one of the temple towns in the state, to ease vehicular movement. While one bridge was completed and is being used for transport already, the other one which developed cracks is seeing delay in completion.
Local residents have alleged that the delay and the low quality of material used for the construction is the reason behind the cracks. Officials however have put the blame on the heavy rainfall.
Speaking to TNM, Vigneshwar Reddy, Executive Engineer (Roads and Buildings) said, "As part of the works, beams were constructed and arch beams are being prepared. Meanwhile the centering was fixed before making the slab, but the flash flood washed away iron rods and centering boxes, leading to cracks on the sides and in the middle of the bridge for 38 metres. This didn't happen because of low quality material or works.”
The Executive Engineer (EE) further added, "We have decided to rearrange the works by razing off the cracked part and beams. People need not worry. The bridge will be constructed with quality material and supervision."