Kolkata Flyover Collapse: IVRCL Defends ‘Act of God’ Comment

Hyderabad-based IVRCL, which was constructing the flyover in Kolkata, had dubbed the collapse an “act of God”.

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Hyderabad-based IVRCL, which was constructing the flyover in Kolkata – a portion of which collapsed yesterday killing 24 people – today described the incident as an “accident”, a day after another official of the company had dubbed it an “act of God”.

“’An act of God’ was just an expression only to describe that it is under no one’s control”, P Seetha, the construction company’s legal team head, told reporters here.

K Panduranga Rao, Group Head (HR and Admin) of the Hyderabad-based company had told reporters yesterday, “it’s nothing but a God’s act. So far in 27 years we have constructed several number of bridges...such thing (collapse) never happened,”

Showing a photograph in a newspaper, she said that it looked like a site of a bomb blast, and that there were various aspects which would be looked into.

Stating that same construction materials were used in building the ongoing flyover, she asked, “Why did this happen? We are anxious to know the reasons”.

Regarding the delay, another official of the company said, “78 percent work of the flyover is over. A number of clearances have not yet come”.

Meanwhile, a four-member police team from West Bengal today arrived in the city as part of its probe to question officials of IVRCL following the flyover collapse.

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