Toll rises to two in Kolkata bridge collapse

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Sep 2018 08:43:43




ONE body was recovered from the debris of the collapsed Majerhat bridge in south Kolkata on Wednesday, taking the toll in the incident to two. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who visited the site after returning from Darjeeling, told reporters that two persons were missing and one body was recovered from the debris. Police said the body recovered might be of one of the missing persons.

Operations to locate those who might still be trapped in the debris were stepped up. Police and NDRF personnel continued their rescue work at the accident site with cranes, earthmovers and drilling machines.

“It may take another two days to cut through the concrete slabs. The people engaged in the work are trying hard to cut them,” said Meeraj Khalid, DC South, Kolkata Police. “It is God’s grace that many people were not killed,” Banerjee said, adding a committee headed by Chief Secretary Malay De will investigate the cause of the collapse.

Rlys had warned about weak beams, cracks on piers


THE railways had alerted the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) about weak support beams, exposed reinforcements and even cracks on piers of the 50-year-old Majerhat Bridge in the city which collapsed Tuesday killing one person, trapping several others and crushing many vehicles. The road bridge runs over the Majherhat Railway Station on the Sealdah-Budge Budge line.