In the wake of a viral video complaining about the poor quality of work in the construction of a bridge over railway track in Hubballi, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Mines and Geology Pralhad Joshi inspected the work here on Monday.
The Union Minister, along with the officials of department concerned and the officials of the construction firm, visited the spot and sought details regarding the quality of the work.
He too expressed displeasure over the aesthetics of the work carried out and sought to know why the damaged panels had been used for the work.
The contractor told the Minister that since he was asked to complete the work at the earliest, the panels were brought from other construction sites as it would take at least 90 days for the panels to get ready.
The contractor, V.S.V. Prasad, told the Minister that there was no compromise with regard to the quality of the work and the bridge was strong and secure.
The officials too concurred with the contractor and said that the bridge was secure and they said that they would take steps to get the panels replaced to rectify the anomalies in the aesthetics of the bridge.
Later speaking to press persons, Mr. Joshi said that he had visited the spot in the wake of complaints over social media, but the officials and contractors had given assurance about the safety of the bridge.
“But anyway I will get opinion from experts about the structure of the bridge as I am not the competent authority to certify the safety and strength of the bridge,” he said.
Mr. Joshi said that he had emphasised the need for maintaining highest quality and immediately take remedial measures in the wake of complaints. He also mentioned that the State government was yet to release Rs. 5 crore towards its share in the project.
Maintaining that he was speaking for the contractor, he said it would be difficult for any contractor to continue with the work, if the government failed to ensure timely release of funds.