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Three get bail in Kerala faulty flyover construction case

IANS | November 04, 2019 03:24 PM

KOCHI:Three officials accused of graft in the construction of the Palarivattom flyover were granted bail by the Kerala High Court on Monday after being in jail for the past 61 days.

The officials arrested earlier included the project director Sumit Goyal of RDS Projects, former Public Works Department Secretary T.O. Sooraj, Benny Paul who represented the KITCO, and M.T. Thankachen from the Roads and Bridges Development Corporation.

Paul secured bail last month.

The Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau had arrested them on charges of corruption.

Built at a cost of Rs 42 crore during the previous Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's regime, the 750-metre flyover was supposed to last for over 100 years. It was opened in October 2016 and within three years the flyover started crumbling and had to be closed to traffic.

The flyover was built by the Delhi-based RDS Projects for the state-owned Roads and Bridges Development Corporation. KITCO was the supervision consultant for the project.

Following the construction goof-up and the closure of the flyover, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's cabinet asked the pioneer of India's metro project E. Sreedharan to take charge of rebuilding the Palarivattom flyover, which has been agreed upon.

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