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Quality Control Assurance Works of construction works proposed for Ardh-Kumbh Mela-2016 by Irrigation Research Institute, Roorkee

Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which they gather to take bath in a sacred river. It is celebrated every third year at one of the four places by rotation: Haridwar (at the river Ganges), Allahabad (at the confluence of the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati ), Nashik (at the river Godawari) and Ujjain (at the river Shipra). Thus the Kumbh Mela is held at each of these four places every twelfth year. Ardha Kumbh Mela is celebrated at only two places, Haridwar and Allahabad, every sixth year. In the year 2016, Ardh Kumbh Mela had been held at Haridwar.

For successful completion of Kumbh/Ardh Kumbh Mela, various temporary/permanent construction works has to be carried out. For timely and speedy construction of Mela works 18 no. of field agencies like PWD, Nagar Nigam Haridwar, Nagar Palika Parishad Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Pey Jal Nigam, Irrigation Department, Uttarakhand Jal Sansthan, Haridwar Roorkee Development Authority etc. were deputed by Kumbh Mela Adhikari, Ardh Kumbh Mela-2016. In order to ensure the quality of different construction works, the IRI, Roorkee was nominated as a ‘Third Party Agency’ for “Quality Control and Assurance Works” by Govt. of Uttarakhand vide his letter No.: 117/A.K.M./Technical Cell/III Party dated 06.06.2015. An MOU was signed between the Kumbh Mela Adhikari Haridwar and Chief Engineer IRI Roorkee specifying the terms and conditions of agreement.

After allotment of various construction works random site visits were done and the samples were taken as per the work plan. These samples were tested in various laboratories of IRI, Roorkee. Thereafter test results were submitted vide various interim reports to Kumbh Mela Adhikari, Arddha -Kumbh Mela 2016, Haridwar within the stipulated time. Based on there tests results improvements were suggested at sites, which were incorporated in construction and quality thus achieved. In some works where quality of work was very poor, reconstruction of poor work was carried out in presence of IRI team.

Before Relaying: Pot holes found on Chauk Bazar Kankhal to Anandmai ashram Road, Haridwar.

After relaying: Chauk Bazar Kankhal to Anandmai ashram Road, Haridwar, Deffects removed.

Dismantling of poor quality Drainage work at Bahadrabad –Gagalhedi Road.

Reconstruction of dismantled Drainage work at Bahadrabad –Gagalhedi Road.

It was tedious task to supervise and control of continuously ongoing construction work. But with the help of officials of working agency, proper quality of work was achieve successfully by team of IRI on behalf of Mela Adhikari, AKM-2016.

Moreover, 100 nos. of construction works like Bituminous and Concrete Roads, Bridges (Temporary/ Permanent), Retaining Walls, Drainage works, etc. were allotted to IRI, Roorkee for third party quality control and assurance. For successful quality control and assurance over various works approximately 6000 nos. of tests/visits were conducted and total 285 test reports were issued by IRI, Roorkee.

Quality Control & Assurance work by Irrigation Research Institute, Roorkee under AKM-2016.

Inspection of IRI Laboratory during AKM-2016 Works in progress by Secretary, Irrigation, Engineer-in-Chief, Chief Engineer and other officers.

IRI Research Team found poor quality of Chequered Tiles in foot path in inspection with working agency, contractor, Rep. of Chairman & SDM Kritinagar of Nagar Panchayat, Devprayag work under AKM-2016.

IRI Research Team observed the deficiency in CC Road construction works at Pant Dweep in presence of Secretary, HRDA, Haridwar work under AKM-2016.

After completion of Third party quality control & assurance work done by IRI, Roorkee of Ardh Kumbh mela-2016 the quality of various construction works has been improved. By adding a new chapter in the glorious research field of IRI, Roorkee, the Highway lab is not only gained laurels and applause but also the institutional capacity is enhanced in research/testing needs of road works. In addition to this revenue of about Rs. 55.00 Lacs has been generated by IRI, Roorkee from these quality control and assurance works.

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