Kochi: The government has been legally advised to appeal against the High Court order to conduct the load test of the Palarivattom Flyover. The High Court had dismissed the review petitions filed by the government and Roads and Bridges Corporation. The legally advice comes after the government decided to conduct the load test.
The advice given to the government is that they can approach the Court citing the observations of Madras IIT and E Sreedharan that the bridge was seriously damaged.
They will also point out that going for the load test will only delay the repair works. If the cracks on the bridge is more than three millimetres, they don’t have to conduct the test as per the existing laws.
Even though the government decided to challenge the High Court order, they did not want the sentiments of the people to go against the government in the issue. This prompted them to comply with the High Court order. The advice has come at a time when the local body elections are fast approaching.
Palarivattom flyover, that was closed on May 1, has not been opened for the public yet. The government reached the decision to partially reconstruct the flyover following the advice from E Sreedharan.
The Contractors Association also approached the Supreme Court asking the top court to hear out their side of the story as well.