Bridge in busy Kolkata locality collapses, one killed
Sep 06 2018
The injured have been rushed to the nearby SSKM hospital. Locals join. Rescue operations on.
An under construction flyover had collapsed in crowded Burrabazar area, the wholesale business hub of the Kolkata, on March 31, 2016 and had claimed 26 lives.
As per a Hindustan Times report, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee confirmed the death and expressed concern about those who were still trapped underneath the rubble.
It was the second major road collapse in Kolkata in recent years. "To avoid traffic congestion, Behala-bound buses and other vehicles availing Diamond Harbour Road from Hastings crossing will be diverted via Khidderpore crossing CGR Road, Hide Road, Brace Bridge, Taratala Road Taratala crossing further South".
Earlier in the day, at around 4:30 PM, a portion of the arterial Majerhat bridge in the southern part of the metropolis collapsed.
"We are probing this incident from all the angles, no angle is less or more important for us", the chief minister said. Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, which is executing construction of the Joka-BBD Bag metro corridor passing through the vicinity of Majherhat Bridge, said there is "no relationship of metro construction" with the incident.
NDRF DG Sanjay Kumar said earthmovers are being used.
However, services in the Circular Railway portion of railway track between New Alipore and Majerhat stations that passes under the bridge are temporarily suspended, he said.
"Train services of Circular Railway from Dum Dum to Majerhat also resumed this morning", he said.
Train movement below the Majerhat Road Over Bridge (ROB) in the Sealdah-Budge Budge section was normal, Eastern Railway spokesman R N Mahapatra said.
Going by the complaint, the police is to identify the agency that was in charge of maintenance of the busy bridge, located on the Diamond Harbour Road, and that is to be blamed for the collapse. "We are holding emergency meeting tomorrow to chart future course", she said.
This is a third bridge collapse in the city since 2013. Devastating. Rescue teams, disaster management teams, Police CP, fire fighters already reach spot. "Hard to gauge enormity of tragedy as yet looking at visuals".
Meanwhile, a political slugfest erupted with the Opposition parties on Wednesday accusing the TMC government of "neglecting" fix and maintenance of bridges and only painting various installations blue and white. She held the state government responsible for the mishap alleging that the bridge was not maintained properly.
State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury demanded an "answer" from Chief Minister Banerjee and Public Works Department Minister Hakim.