Locals furious over the alleged inferior material used in the construction of Pal-Umara bridge.

Surat : The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) inaugurated its 14th river bridge connecting Pal in Adajan and Umara Gam in Athwalines at the hands of Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Sunday. But, on the very first day of its inauguration, the bridge’s structure started showing ugly signs and pointed fingers on the contractors for allegedly using low-grade construction material.

On the second day of the bridge’s inauguration on Monday—after the inauguration a sea of people from Adajan and Athwalines thronged the bridge for taking their selfies and enjoying the cool breeze from the Tapi river on Sunday evening—the tiles were damaged and got exposed due to the low-grade material used by the contractors.

The sight was common at the regular intervals on both the sides of the pavements on the bridge. It may have caused due to the huge crowds, which thronged the bridge after the inauguration on Sunday evening.

However, the residents are furious about low-grade construction materials used in the bridge’s construction after the pictures of the damaged tiles on the pavement went viral on social media.

Residents alleged the construction company took advantage of the coronavirus pandemic and used low-quality sand mixed with soil for constructing pavements on the Pal-Umara bridge.

The residents even accused the SMC authorities for their negligence in properly monitoring the bridge work and the material used by the contractor.

Vinod Shah, a resident said, “The contractor should be brought to the stricter disciplinary action for using low-grade material. The tiles have literally given away and exposed the nexus”

Another resident, Piyush Mistry said, “If the tiles got damaged, who will guarantee about the entire bridge structure? The SMC has spent Rs 90 crore for the construction of Pal-Umara bridge. It is the duty of the SMC authorities to take action against the contractors”