1 killed in Kolkata bridge collapse

05 September, 2018, 13:24 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Rescuers work at the scene after a highway overpass collapsed on a sewage canal in Kolkata India Tuesday Sept. 4 2018. There were no immediate reports of deaths but police and firefighters were using cutting tools to clear the wreckage and it was

At least one person has died in the Majherhat bridge collapse in south Kolkata, while many more are feared trapped under the rubble.

EMU local train services were suspended from 4.45 pm owing to the collapse of a portion of the bridge, the official said.

On March 4, 2013, a road bridge had collapsed in Ultadanga area in the northern part of the city but there was no casualty.

Kolkata police, West Bengal Fire Services and five teams of the National Disaster Response Force have joined the rescue operations.

"They have been admitted at a private hospital while nine others were admitted at the SSKM Hospital with severe injuries", a senior police officer said.

Fire brigade, police and NDRF personnel are engaged in rescue work in the fading light. "Rest of the investigation will be done later", Banerjee, who is in Darjeeling, told the media. Many vehicles are said to be buried under the debris. Action will be taken against those whose negligence caused the accident.

Another person on the spot alleged that the rescue operations had begun late. My thoughts are with the families of the victims.

He said, "The Bengal govt and Mamata herself is responsible for this bridge collapse".

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It also runs over the Majerhat railway station.

State Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi also visited the location and later asked the government to take corrective measures for proper maintenance of bridges.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is in opposition in the state, raised questions on the government over the tragedy.

CM Mamata Banerjee termed the incident as a "crime". "I pray that those who are injured recover at the earliest", Modi said in a tweet.

The accident severely hit transport services connecting the areas in the south-western part of the city and South 24 Parganas district, affecting thousands of commuters in the peak evening hour, reported PTI.

Some local people alleged the collapse might have been due to the construction of metro railway pillars nearby but this was not immediately confirmed by the experts.

A portion of the Majerhat road overbridge collapsed in Kolkata's Alipore area.

Tuesday's incident revived the awful memory of the Posta flyover collapse here two years ago.

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