The back story to this collapse is that the flyover has been taking forever to construct and is a source of traffic snarls that only Hyderabadis can create. When Chief Minister Rajasekhara Reddy was asked why it wasn’t getting constructed, he promised to “take action” against Gammon India, a fairly reputable firm that was in charge of construction. But almost immediately the bureaucrats began to hush up the matter, because it turned out that Gammon, while nominally in charge, had merely lent its name to the construction, while sub-contracting the actual work to other firms who had got the job only because of their connections to Congress politicians. All this was in the news a couple of months ago.
Does anyone remember that Reddy came to power because Chandrababu Naidu was supposedly not performing? At least Naidu was trying. What an awful Chief Minister this man is turning out to be. Among other things, he wilfully ignored warnings of impending terrorist strikes. He went soft on the Naxalites. He has an utterly cynical approach to government that is scary, but not surprising.