Portion of Bomikhal flyover caves in, 1 killed

Bomikhal flyover collapse: Odisha govt disengages Panda Infra

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Monday announced to disengage Panda Infra from the construction of the flyover at Bomikhal here four days after a portion of an under-construction flyover caved in killing one labourer and injuring another.

“The government has decided to disengage Panda Infra Private Ltd from the construction of the Bomikhal flyover with immediate effect,” said Works secretary Nalinikanta Pradhan.

The government will initiate further action against the company after it receives a final report from the 8-member expert team, he added.

The company could not carry out works properly even after the first mishap during last year. An investigation by a third party will be conducted prior to the inauguration of the bridge, said Pradhan.

The official further said that the remaining works to the tune of Rs 4-5 crore will be handed over to another firm and it will be completed within 2-3 months.

The police have arrested Pratap Kishore Panda, the company’s owner. He was produced before a local court which sent him to the special jail here.

Notably, one labourer was killed and another sustained serious injuries on May 3 night when a portion of the flyover collapsed.