QKolkata: PWD Ignored Tender-Bypass Provision In Majerhat & More

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Majerhat flyover collapses in South Kolkata.

1. PWD 'Ignored' Tender-Bypass Provision

The public works department could have engaged a state government-owned engineering company to shed some load off the Majerhat bridge after two tenders floated in February and March drew no response, officials in Nabanna said.

"The project was urgent. And there are provisions for the government to act if two tenders fail to attract any bid," a government official said.

A preliminary report submitted by the PWD has identified additional load on the Majerhat bridge as one of the reasons for the collapse. Two agencies had recommended after surveying the bridge that some load be shed.

(Source: The Telegraph)

2. Flyover Bones Laid Bare By Neglect

Chunks of concrete have come off the outer wall of the Brabourne Road flyover, exposing the steel reinforcement within. A sign beside the damaged portion, as seen from Strand Road, screams "Danger. Khatra. Bipad" in bold red letters.

The signage is meant to act as a height warning for heavy goods vehicles but has ended up being an unintended disclaimer that anyone who uses the flyover does so at great personal risk.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Truck Ban Sparks Market Worries

Trucks remained stranded at several places outside Calcutta throughout Thursday night and most of Friday, prompting operators to look for ways to cope with the emergency and leaving traders to struggle to meet the demand-supply gap.

Rows of trucks remained stranded in Dankuni (Hooghly), Shaktigarh (East Burdwan) and Kolaghat (East Midnapore) till police came out with an order on Friday evening banning the entry of trucks with 20 wheels or more into Calcutta.

(Source: The Telegraph)

4. Cop And One More Held For Job Bribe

An employee of the home department and a constable were arrested on Friday for allegedly taking bribe from a woman seeking a job in the government on compassionate ground.

Police said Debasish Barua, a constable of the Chandernagore police commissionerate who was temporarily posted in the state police directorate, was the first to be arrested.

"He was rounded up while he was taking bribe from the job applicant at Nabanna," said an officer in the anti-corruption wing.

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. Schools Lenient To Latecomers

Schoolchildren living in Alipore and Behala are being excused for late arrival and granted extra time for writing tests in several city schools because of traffic congestion after the Majerhat bridge collapse.

School buses, pool cars and private vehicles are having to negotiate snarls at multiple points, including Durgapur bridge and the lanes of Alipore, leading to increase in travel time.

La Martiniere for Girls, Modern High School for Girls, St James' School, Akshar, Mahadevi Birla World Academy, The Heritage School, National Gems Higher Secondary School and MP Birla Higher Secondary School have relaxed their school entry timings.

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. Sealdah Traders Jittery After CM’s Shift-Out Move

Amit Prasad sells lottery tickets below the Sealdah flyover. He is among the thousand-odd shop owners at Sisir Market under the bridge who has a trade licence and pays rent to KMC. Ever since the Majerhat flyover crash, the Arati Lottery Agency owner has been worried and chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s announcement to shift people out of the market below this flyover has added to his anxiety.

From kaju lassi to Kashmiri plum, from wedding trousseau to fast food, Sisir Market is a one-stop mart for all those heading to and from the Sealdah station. Ramkrishna Dutta of Pen House and Biswajit Sen of Modern Saloon don’t want to lose their loyal customers.

(Source: The Times Of India)

7. Dengue Patient Dies At Park Circus Hosp

An eight-month-old dengue patient, Sahida Khatun, died at a hospital in the Park Circus area on Friday morning after suffering severe bleeding in the brain. Sources said the baby, who used to live in 45, Tiljala Road, had tested positive at the Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital earlier last month.

“From Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital, she was shifted to Institute of Child Health on 21 August in a very critical condition. Doctors said that her condition had improved a few days ago but she suffered bleeding from the brain and that her platelet count also dipped,” said a source.

According to KMC estimates, hundreds have been tested dengue NS1 positive so far this year.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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