Kolkata, Sep 05: The nightmare of flyover collapse once again stalked the city after a gap of two years as the collapse of a portion of Majherhat bridge claimed at least one life and injured 28 on
The flyover at Taratala in south Kolkata caved in around 4.45 PM on a day the metropolis was lashed by torrents. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, now at Darjeeling in North Bengal, confirmed the death of one person.
The injured were being treated at the state-run premier SSKM Hospital and the private facility CMRI Hospital. She also informed that of the six people working for the Metro Project and trapped in a hut underneath the flyover, two had been rescued and efforts were on a war-footing to rescue the rest.
The Army, Police and NDRF team along with locals have been carrying on rescue operation on a war-footing. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Ms Banerjee regarding the bridge collapse and assured her of all cooperation if needed.
The Chief Minister announced a compensation of Rs five Lakh for the family of the deceased and Rs 50,000/- for the families of the injured. Earlier, the State Secretariat, Nabanna, sources said five people were killed and nine injured. The accident occurred two years after the Vivekananda Setu collapse at Vivekananda Road in March 2016 which claimed 27 lives.
Ms Banerjee ordered a high level inquiry into the incident. Cutting short her Hills visit, she is airdashing the city tomorrow morning since there is no flight for the day from Bagdogra Airport. She is monitoring the situation from the Hills.
Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim and Mayor Sovan Chatterjee have reached the spot to supervise the rescue operation. Tripathy called for a high level inquiry and said better maintenance was needed for the flyover. He interacted with the available officials of the State Government and Kolkata Police engaged in rescue and relief work. He expressed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed for quick recovery of the wounded.
He urged the agencies responsible for the maintenance of all the bridges in the state to do a thorough examination and take corrective measures to maintain those properly. Opposition CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty had also reached the spot. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed profound grief at the incident and sympathised with the affected families.
Meanwhile, Train services on the Sealdah-Budge section were being terminated at New Alipur while that on the Circular Rail section had resumed. Road link between Ekbalpore and Behala had completely snapped. Traffic in large parts of south Kolkata went haywire as a result of the accident. UNI