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Eastern Freeway gets UK firm thumbs up

The freeway is expected to be commissioned for public use next month.

Written by Express News Service |
April 24, 2013 12:43:50 am

A UK-listed independent safety assessment company has certified the construction of the Eastern Freeway as technically sound and safe for operations as per British and Indian norms. The freeway is expected to be commissioned for public use next month.

The company’s India arm,Intertek India Pvt Ltd,inspected the 7.5-km elevated corridor from Orange Gate on P D’Mello Road to Anik near Wadala early in April. The company is expected to send formal certificates by month-end.

The four-lane corridor,work on which had started in 2008,has been constructed by Simplex Infrastructures Ltd,which drew flak last year when an accident at the construction site killed a labourer and injured seven.

“The certification agency generally looks at the technical and safety parameters of the project and ensures they are up to the mark. There were no adverse comments about the Eastern Freeway. The accident last year was a one-off incident,which was not the company’s fault. We decided to rope in an independent safety auditor as we wanted to reiterate adherence to internationally recognised safety standards,” a Simplex spokesperson said.

The independent assessment company has surveyed the construction conditions and decided to award a certification for Occupational Health and Safety Management System. The company has also passed the corridor for an Indian Standards Organization certification,which addresses various aspects of environmental management.

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