One dead, 19 hurt as bridge collapses in Kolkata

05 September, 2018, 08:14 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • South Kolkata's Most Crowded Bridge At Majerhat Collapses

The injured people have been rushed to CMRI Hospital and SSKM College and Hospital.

Governor Kesri Nath Tripathi also dropped in at the accident site to see the rescue operation.

After all, the party has been in power for seven years - and Kolkata has seen seen three major bridge collapses over the past six years.

State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury demanded an "answer" from Chief Minister Banerjee and Public Works Department Minister Hakim. My thoughts are with the families of the victims. She added the state government will bear the cost of their treatment. "I saw the news and called him, but some other person picked up the phone and told me about my son's death", said Soumen's father Pradip Bag.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the incident "deeply unfortunate" and hoped for the speedy recovery of the injured. Suddenly I saw that a portion of the bridge collapsed. According to the latest reports, rescue teams and ambulances have arrived at the spot. Fire brigade, police and NDRF personnel are conducting rescue operations with the help of locals.


#05:40 PM: Relief and rescue priority, says Mamata: Our team is focused on relief and rescue work. PWD officials, in turn, blamed the railways for undermining the structural strength of the bridge. The collapse of the bridge has affected railway operations though the portion that has collapsed does not run over the railway lines but a canal adjacent to them.

The flyover had collapsed on March 31 last killing 26 people and senior officials of a Hyderabad-based construction firm along with officials of the KMDA were arrested in this connection. "Rest of the investigation will be done later".

Majerhat bridge in South Kolkata has collapsed. "Hard to gauge enormity of tragedy as yet looking at visuals". It is possible that not a lot of people got trapped under the collapsed part of the bridge.

This is the second such incident in the city in recent years.

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