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Second Bridge Collapse In 3 Years In Kolkata, One Dead: 10 Points

Second Bridge Collapse In 3 Years In Kolkata, One Dead: 10 Points”

It is possible that not a lot of people got trapped under the collapsed part of the bridge.

Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal state, said in a televised address that at least eight people were injured but their conditions were stable.

Train services in Circular Railway and Sealdah-Budge Budge line have been suspended as a precautionary measure following the collapse of a portion of the bridge at 4.45 pm, Eastern Railway spokesman R N Mahapatra said.

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the incident is "deeply unfortunate" and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

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The bridge is reported to be over 40 years old.

An official report blamed that accident on bad design and poor-quality materials. Rescue operations were on at the time of going to Press.

Local railway services were affected as the bridge crossed a set of tracks.

"All on bridge have been rescued".

Banerjee, now on a trip to Darjeeling, expressed concern over the incident and said her government will initiate a probe into the cause of the bridge collapse.

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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is now in Darjeeling, said that rescue work was nearly over and only a concrete slab remains to be cut to find out whether any person was trapped there. Suddenly I saw that a portion of the bridge collapsed.

The bridge collapse hit traffic movement to and from vast areas in south-west Kolkata and adjacent South 24 Parganas district. Locals have joined the authorities in rescuing people trapped under the debris.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee promised to initiate a high-level inquiry into the incident. On 31 March 2016, the under-construction Vivekananda flyover in the Girish Park neighbourhood collapsed killing 27 people and leaving over 80 were injured.

It was the second major road collapse in Kolkata in recent years.

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