The National Highways Authority of India’s (NHAI) vigilance wing has initiated a probe into alleged violations in the ongoing construction work for the 12.95-km four-lane Samrala Chowk flyover which has an elevated highway from Samrala Chowk to city limits on National Highway 95. The alleged violations were raised by Feedback Infra (consultants appointed by the NHAI) against the construction agency based on deficiencies in the construction work.
A complaint was lodged with the NHAI by the Council of RTI Activists president Rohit Sabharwal under the Right to Information Act about various deficiencies in the existing highway and a lack of safety measures in violation of clauses 10.4 and 16.1 of the contract agreement by the construction agency.
According to the report, Feedback Infra’s engineers have said, “During the site inspection of the project highway, it is observed that there are several potholes on the existing highway. The location of potholes has become very dangerous and is prone to accidents. The situation is very alarming and dangerous for commuters.”
In a subsequent letter, the construction agency was told by the consultants that several expansion joints in the ISBT flyover, Dugri flyover, Gill Chowk flyover, Partap Chowk flyover and Dholewal ROB were found in damaged conditions.