Highway overpass collapses in Kolkata; 1 killed, 23 hurt

India bridge collapse Kolkata Majerhat Bridge dead

Police said Tuesday evening that 27-year-old Soumendu Bag had died in the collapse while 21 people, including three women, were injured.

Ms Banerjee said she has been monitoring the rescue operations from the hills.

An under construction flyover had collapsed in crowded Burrabazar area, the wholesale business hub of the Kolkata, on March 31, 2016 and had claimed 26 lives.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters that several transportation workers may have been in a small office under the overpass when the collapse occurred.

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

She said there was a hut under the bridge and some labourers engaged in metro rail construction work used to stay.

Earlier in the day, at around 4:30 PM, a portion of the arterial Majerhat bridge in the southern part of the metropolis collapsed. She said a probe would be ordered to find out the cause of the collapse.

However, services in the Circular Railway portion of railway track between New Alipore and Majerhat stations that passes under the bridge is temporarily suspended, he said.

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Train movement below the Majerhat Road Over Bridge (ROB) in the Sealdah-Budge Budge section was normal, Eastern Railway spokesman R N Mahapatra said. "There are no flights in the evening, we are unable to do so", Banerjee said.

Vehicles are seen stuck after a section of Majerhat bridge collapsed in Kolkata, Tuesday. I heard that maintenance of the bridge is entrusted with the PWD and the railways.

Patients from these places travelling to hospitals in the city would also have to face the woes of travelling a longer distance until the bridge is restored.

Teams of the National Disaster Response Force, fire brigade and Disaster Management Group of Kolkata Police tried to cut through the concrete slab decks that had caved in to look for survivors. "The issue of fix of the old bridges is not at all in the agenda of TMC government", senior BJP leader Mukul Roy said.

A mini bus, four cars and a few motorcycles that were damaged in the bridge collapse were removed using cranes, the official said.

Refuting the opposition charges, state Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim said the state government has taken enough steps to fix old bridges which were in a dilapidated state during the Left Front rule.

State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury demanded an "answer" from Chief Minister Banerjee and Public Works Department Minister Hakim.

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