Ramesh G Jethwani is a prolific "Letters to Editor writer/columnist, who over the decades has written over a thousand "Letters to editor" and few columns, which have been widely published in leading newspapers in India and in GCC(Gulf countries),These letters to editor/ Columns are a testimony to the power of his ideas,his letters and columns short and precious --have served a very useful purpose in drawing the attention of authorities about important issues concerning society and the governmnet. His father always emphasized the importance of public service Read more

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Flyover collapse

The Hindu-2nd April 2016-LE

The accident should serve as a wake-up call for urban planners, structural engineers and project management consultants as we now seem to be embarking on a massive urban infrastructure building spree. The collapse of the flyover is also a reminder of the shoddy quality... Read More

Flyover collapse
The Hindu-2nd April 2016-LE

The accident should serve as a wake-up call for urban planners, structural engineers and project management consultants as we now seem to be embarking on a massive urban infrastructure building spree.

The collapse of the flyover is also a reminder of the shoddy quality of material and construction practices in general, and the scant attention paid to public safety in India.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

KOLKATA FLYOVER TRAGEDY- A WAKE-UP CALL FOR OFFICIALS

THE PIONEER, 02 April 2016

The collapse of an under-construction flyover in Kolkata, in which more than 20 people were killed and over 80 injured, has sent shock waves across the country. This incident should be a wake-up call for the... Read More

KOLKATA FLYOVER TRAGEDY- A WAKE-UP CALL FOR OFFICIALS
THE PIONEER, 02 April 2016

The collapse of an under-construction flyover in Kolkata, in which more than 20 people were killed and over 80 injured, has sent shock waves across the country.

This incident should be a wake-up call for the relevant authorities and also for urban planners, structure designers and project management consultants. Questions have been raised about safety norms at various construction sites and also on the callous attitude of the authorities towards construction projects and the construction workers.

The construction business in India has been completely unregulated. Gaps in the system leads to poor quality of construction. For this, the regulatory authorities are to be blamed as they use low quality construction material and are also negligent about public safety. The need of the hour, therefore, is to use the best global construction practices, hire the best of experienced designers and an experienced project management construction team so that the project can be completed in a time-bound manner

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Fatal fall

The Telegraph-11 April 2016-LE

Sir - The loss of lives resulting from the collapse of a flyover in Calcutta has sent shock waves throughout the country. This incident should serve as a wake-up call for urban planners. Work in a large number of mega infrastructure projects is currently underway in India... Read More

Fatal fall
The Telegraph-11 April 2016-LE

Sir - The loss of lives resulting from the collapse of a flyover in Calcutta has sent shock waves throughout the country. This incident should serve as a wake-up call for urban planners. Work in a large number of mega infrastructure projects is currently underway in India. The flyover may have collapsed because of the shoddy quality of construction.

The need of the hour is to employ global construction norms, hire the best structural engineers and complete any project in a time-bound manner.There should also be regular safety audits of ongoing large construction projects.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Send stern message

Deccan herald 23 September 2010-L.E.

Sir, The foot over bridge collapse has shaken the confidence of the people in the system. Those found guilty should send a stern message to those responsible no longer accept this... Read More

Send stern message
Deccan herald 23 September 2010-L.E.

Sir, The foot over bridge collapse has shaken the confidence of the people in the system. Those found guilty should send a stern message to those responsible no longer accept this.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Building collapse and safety mechanism

Khaleej times-Filed on January 6, 2014-L.E.

The collapse of a five-storey building under construction in India’s Goa state (Building collapse kills 7 in India, Jan 4) killing at least 14 and leaving several severely injured isn’t an isolated incident.Though the accident will remain in the headlines for a few ... Read More

Building collapse and safety mechanism
Khaleej times-Filed on January 6, 2014-L.E

The collapse of a five-storey building under construction in India’s Goa state (Building collapse kills 7 in India, Jan 4) killing at least 14 and leaving several severely injured isn’t an isolated incident.

Though the accident will remain in the headlines for a few days and then be forgotten, there are many further tragedies waiting to happen. Inquiry commissions are set up, some compensation is awarded and the matter is forgotten till the next accident happens.

Building collapses are becoming more frequent due to the massive demand for housing and lax supervision, which encourages builders to use substandard material or add extra floors. There is a dire need for an improved safety mechanism. Indians are indifferent to life-threatening accidents/hazards. This attitude must change.

Goa’s chief minister Manohar Parrikar is a strict administrator; he should go all out to punish the culprits so that it sets an example for other contractors/builders, forcing them to adhere to safety rules.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Construction Mishap

Arab News,Sunday,7th April,2013,L.E.

In the recent past we have witnessed frequent construction mishaps. On Friday one under-construction building in Thane collapsed like a pack of cards. This catastrophic tragedy in the form of a building collapse caused deaths of about 50 people. This incident has ... Read More

Construction Mishap
Arab News,Sunday,7th April,2013,L.E.

In the recent past we have witnessed frequent construction mishaps. On Friday one under-construction building in Thane collapsed like a pack of cards. This catastrophic tragedy in the form of a building collapse caused deaths of about 50 people. This incident has wreaked unimaginable havoc on human life and it is more tragic and painful to learn that poor and lower-middle class people had invested in this under-construction building and there was no proper sanction for the construction from appropriate authorities.

This tragic accident has once again put focus on our construction and safety standards and has proved that inadequate safety measures are being implemented at construction works.

Primary cause of increasing incidences on constructions sites in the country can be attributed to poor safety arrangements, use of substandard materials, lack of proper safety gears for workers and inadequate monitoring mechanism at construction sites to save money on the project.

Use of quality material is part of the agreement between contractors and developers but there is little check on how it is implemented.

In fact, we Indians have become accustomed to the news of frequent accidents resulting in deaths, unfortunately given the frequency of these accidents we barely get shaken up any more. Value for human life seems to be vanishing from our society as is apparent from seeing growing political and civic unrest prevailing in nation.

Following accidents, a number of senior political functionaries visit the sites, console the victims, announce the inquiry and some compensation and then there is no action taken against those responsible for these accidents. These mishaps can be avoided in future if construction companies upgrade their equipment and take all construction safety precautions.

Besides this the government should order audit safety of all buildings under construction UAE is an example where safety standards at construction sites are strictly implemented.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.
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