Palarivattom flyover: Contractors to be blacklisted for ‘poor workmanship’, decides govt

The Palarivattom flyover stands testimony to how poor construction can flush crores of public money down the drain.

Published: 01st August 2020 04:22 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st August 2020 04:22 AM   |  A+A-

Palarivattom flyover

Express News Service

KOCHI: The Palarivattom flyover stands testimony to how poor construction can flush crores of public money down the drain.Now, to crack whip on government contractors resorting to low-quality works, the state government has finally decided to amend the PWD manual incorporating “poor workmanship” as a reason to blacklist a contractor. A government order in this regard was issued by the Public Works Department (PWD) on June 23 .

“The government is serious about penalising contractors who refuse to abide by PWD’s quality guidelines. The government order to amend the PWD manual is the beginning,” Public Works Minister G Sudhakaran told TNIE.However, government contractors are not happy with the decision to amend the PWD manual and entirely blaming contractors for the poor work.

Kerala Government Contractors’ Association president Varghese Kannampilly said, “We welcome the decision. However, the government should specify the conditions for categorising a work as “poor workmanship”. Though the contractor is responsible for the quality of a work, the PWD also has some role in it.”

He said PWD engineers are duty-bound to ensure the work being done at each stage is as per quality standards and should not wait for the entire work to finish to assess its quality.Kochi Corporation Contractors Association secretary K A David too said the blame for poor work should not be put on contractors alone.

“The work estimate prepared by government engineers is also responsible for poor work. Usually, government engineers give an estimate of 2cm carpet tarring for roads, which leads to the roads getting damaged fast. We have repeatedly highlighted the need to increase the width of tarring layer to 15cm. However, the government’s attempt is to cover maximum area of tarring with minimum fund and the estimate is prepared accordingly. When a road gets damaged, the entire blame is put on the contractor. To ensure quality work, the government should prepare appropriate estimates,” David said.

Stay up to date on all the latest Kochi news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp