South Kolkata's Most Crowded Bridge At Majerhat Collapses

India bridge collapse Kolkata Majerhat Bridge dead

India bridge collapse Kolkata Majerhat Bridge dead

A highway overpass has collapsed in the crowded Indian city of Kolkata, with a concrete segment slamming to the ground and killing at least one person, according to officials.

While around 13 people were admitted to SSKM Hospital of which four are critical, 18 were admitted to CMRI Hospital, two of whom are critical.

"Train services in Circular Railway and Sealdah-Budge Budge line have been suspended as precautionary measure following the collapse of a portion of the bridge", Eastern Railway spokesman RN Mahapatra said. Devastating. Rescue teams, disaster management teams, Police CP, fire fighters already reach spot.

All India Trinamool Congress, the West Bengal state's ruling party, said on Twitter the bridge was 40 years old.

Kolkata Police Commissioner said that one person has been killed, while 16 others were injured. Cranes have been deployed and gas cutters are being used for the rescue operation.

The bridge also has a history of a portion caving in around 17 years ago, which was rebuilt by the state PWD department, said Khsiti Goswami, who was the PWD minister of the CPM-led Left Font government. Some of them said the bridge has collapsed. Several media reports over the last two years said the government was anxious about the cost of demolition.

"The collapse of a part of a bridge in Kolkata is deeply unfortunate".

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At that point, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tried to shift the blame to previous Left governments for clearing faulty flyover designs.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee promised to initiate a high-level inquiry into the incident.

"The rest of the investigation will be done later", the minister added.

"We are trying to assess if there are people trapped beneath the debris", Sovan Chatterjee, the mayor of Kolkata, who visited the accident site, told Reuters news agency.

This is the second major bridge collapse in Kolkata.

In March 2016, part of a bridge under construction collapsed in the busy Burrabazar area of Kolkata, killing 26 people and injuring 90.

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