Kolkata: A section of a 50-year-old bridge on the arterial Diamond Harbour Road in south Kolkata collapsed Tuesday evening, claiming one life, trapping several people and crushing many vehicles, police said.
Majerhat Bridge reportedly collapsed around 4.45 pm in Kolkata on Tuesday.
The death toll in the shocking incident is likely to go up as several cars and other vehicles are still trapped under the bridge.
Four NDRF teams along with fire brigade personnel were pressed in the rescue operations. A threadbare investigation will be carried out to determine what led to the accident, the chief minister told the media in Darjeeling.
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"We dug two manholes into the debris and rescuers descended into them looking for survivors, but did not find anyone there". Action will be taken against those whose negligence caused the accident.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the incident is "deeply unfortunate" and wished the injured a speedy recovery. Locals join. Rescue operations on. My thoughts are with the families of the victims.
The bridge stood over rail tracks in an old part of the city. Its proximity to Garden Reach and Khidirpur makes Majerhat Bridge one of the busiest in the city.
"The bridge deserved better maintenance", said Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi. She held the state government responsible for the mishap alleging that the bridge was not maintained properly.
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State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury demanded an "answer" from Chief Minister Banerjee and Public Works Department Minister Hakim.
Eastern Railway spokesperson RN Mahapatra said train services below the Majerhat bridge has resumed. "Some construction workers rescued at least five persons", he said, adding there would have been a bigger disaster if the portion over the railway lines with high tension wires had collapsed. However, in a statement, KoPT said, "KoPT does not have any records of Majherhat Bridge been built by Kolkata port".
Tuesday's incident revived the awful memory of the Posta flyover collapse here two years ago.
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