LUCKNOW: A three-member committee constituted by the Lucknow divisional commissioner (DC) has found no individual or organisation responsible for the Vikas Nagar road cave-in incident. The panel has recommended to ensure that in future no manhole is covered with bitumen layer, so that sewer lines could be inspected regularly.
The committee comprising additional divisional commissioner (judicial I), Jal Kal chief engineer and PWD executive engineer has submitted the report to DC Roshan Jacob.
The report stated, “Prima facie, sewage flow of the 1600 mm diameter sewer was partially obstructed, and the gas inside the sewer line further created pressure causing opening in the joints of sewer – which started leaking slowly and soil around the manhole began eroding. This process created a large hollow beneath the surface of the road, and the traffic movement on the road surface helped in caving of the road.”
The committee in their probe report recommended that in future no manhole is covered with a bitumen layer, so that sewer lines could be inspected regularly. It also emphasised that a survey of the sewer lines should be conducted to check the status of sewer system, manhole and level of gas inside it.
On November 27, a nearly 30-foot-wide road in the Vikas Nagar area had caved, which further extended and damaged the nearby transformer. On November 30, LESA lodged an FIR against the private firm responsible for the maintenance of the sewer line in the area.





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