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On Falling Flyovers

The article, “Why Flyovers Will Fall: Decline of the Civil Engineering Profession in India” by Shirish B Patel (EPW, 14 May 2016) is an eye-opener.

“The collapse of a flyover under construction in Kolkata on 31 March killed 26 people and injured 90” (p 32). This is the result of an age-old practice of the government: concealing facts. On 16 April I visited the site (Ganesh Talkies at Girish Park in Kolkata) where a portion of the flyover had collapsed all of a sudden during the busy hour of the day (12.20 pm). There was no sign of crisis or sorrow.

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