The Gujarat government’s Road & Building Department (R&B) has blacklisted a civil and structural engineering services firm—DELF Consulting Engineers— whose negligence led to three bridge projects in Kheda coming to a halt. DELF
Sources in the department said that the decision was taken after a thorough scrutiny of the case and the company has been barred for three years. It said the other projects with the company will also be halted. DELF
Gujarat Exclusive’s report on DELF
Earlier, Gujarat Exclusive had reported that the company had not bothered to pay a fine of Rs 33.5 lakh imposed 11 months ago by the R&B Department for its lapses.
The company was entrusted to prepare the drawings and estimate plan for one bridge each on Khari river, Sabarmati river and Vatrak river. However, the negligence on its part resulted in the projects getting stalled.
After Gujarat Exclusive’s report was published on November 30, the R&B Department said it will initiate strict action against the errant company.
Projects awarded to DELF
The department had given three projects to DELF—a bridge over the Khari river, one over the Sabarmati river, and the third over the Vatrak river.
The projects were worth over Rs 80 lakh. Of the three projects, two are yet to be finished, whereas the work on the bridge over the Vatrak river has been stopped for now.
The Vatrak project was cancelled after it was brought to the notice of the government that against a requirement of 9 piles, a six pile design was made by the consultant. Pile refers to a post like foundation that is made by digging the ground to offer support to a structure.
The company was allotted the work on June 15, 2018, and it was to finish it by September 2018. After the negligence and errors were brought to the notice of the government, it penalized the company on January 27, 2020.