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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Public Works Department secretary has issued an order declaring strict action against contractors and engineers over the collapse of roads in the state. The order was issued as per the directions given by the Kerala High Court.
According to the order, if a road is damaged or potholes are formed within six months of its construction, then vigilance should register a case against the contractor and engineer concerned.
Similarly, if the road gets damaged within a year, then a probe should be evoked against both contractor and engineer and a report should be submitted within three months.
However, if the road gets damaged due to natural calamities or other unforeseen events then the action against the contractor and engineer will be based on the district collector’s report. That also means, that if the damage is due to extreme rains or natural disasters, then the contractor and engineer will not be held accountable.
In July, Kerala High Court rapped the state government for the deplorable condition of roads in the state and put forth some directions to avoid issues related to bad roads. The court then observed that the notion of no one is held accountable for the poor condition of roads cannot be entertained. The PWD’s order comes in wake of these interventions from the court.