Kolkata bridge collapse kills one man and leaves dozens injured

India bridge collapse Kolkata Majerhat Bridge dead

A portion of the 50-year-old Majerhat bridge connecting Behala to other parts of Kolkata collapsed on Tuesday evening, killing one person and injuring at least 19 others.Many more are feared trapped under the debris.

The Majerhat Bridge in south Kolkata, India collapsed as commuters made their way home at rush hour.

Following Majerhat bridge collapse, West Bengal minister Firhad Hakim said no casualty was reported so far in the incident. "Though the audit was conducted, it was found that KMDA did not have the necessary resources to immediately address structural deficiencies in the best possible manner", he added.

A total of 25 injured people have been rushed to hospital. However, all the pedestrians and passengers in the public and private vehicles could be rescued.

Police and firefighters were using cutting tools to clear the wreckage, and it was unclear how many people may be trapped.

Tuesday's accident took place at 4.30 p.m. when a segment of the bridge that measured about 250 ft collapsed, bringing down one minibus, five cars, and three motorbikes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the incident as "deeply unfortunate" and hoped for the speedy recovery of the injured.

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West Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi blamed the state government for poor maintenance, and a political blame game started over what led to the accident. With the party running the government, I guess, funds were also allocated and spent on paper for the bridge.

"When I stepped out the entire structure was shaking".

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

Another person on the spot alleged that the rescue operations had begun late.

"We have to take into account the safety aspect while clearing the debris", he said.

The flyover connects Mominpur-Taratala areas of the city.

She said there was a hut under the bridge and some labourers engaged in metro rail construction work used to stay. Movement of traffic towards south-west Kolkata and South 24 Parganas were being diverted from Kidderpore and through Port area and Circular Garden Reach Road, he said.

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