Thursday, June 17, 2010

Pedestrians dread walking by the wall of death

Pedestrians dread walking by the wall of death

Express News Service First Published : 16 Jun 2010 07:39:33 AM ISTLast Updated : 16 Jun 2010 11:09:02 AM IST
BANGALORE: The spot where 17-year-old Sanjana Singh’s life was cut short when a compound wall collapsed on her, continues to inspire fear in passersby.
Express spoke to C Vijayakumar, whom our reporter observed skirting the footpath adjacent to the Veterinary College compound wall near CBI junction, while walking with his wife.
“Look at the quality of the remaining portion of the compound wall. It seems the contractor used very little cement,” said Vijayakumar.
Nagamma and Jayamma, contract employees of the Veterinary College, avoid walking on the footpath too. “I think that it is not advisable to walk on the footpath,” said Nagamma.
On Monday, a team of Lokayukta engineers inspected the remaining portion of the wall and said that the quality of construction was poor. The width of the wall was irregular and not enough cement was used, they said. The dimensions of the wall recorded by the Lokayukta team did not match the records maintained by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).
“I am expecting the report by Monday and if the report holds any officer of the BBMP responsible for the incident, I will ask the BBMP to take action against him and the Lokayukta also will deal with him accordingly,” Lokayukta Santosh Hegde said.
“We have advised BBMP officials to extend full cooperation to the Lokayukta.
The guilty must be punished irrespective of his political connections,” said Transport Minister R Ashok.


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