One dead in Kolkata's Majherhat bridge collapse; 31 admitted to hospital

India bridge collapse Kolkata Majerhat Bridge dead

India bridge collapse Kolkata Majerhat Bridge dead

The Majerhat bridge, thought to be older than 40 years, is located on Diamond Harbour Road in the Alipore area, and connects central Kolkata with the densely populated Behala region of South Kolkata.

Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal state, confirmed that one person was killed, adding, "19 people have received injuries".

Kolkata, September 4: In a tragic incident, a portion of Majerhat bridge in Kolkata has collapsed. Fire brigade, police and NDRF personnel rushed to the spot and carried out rescue operation. On 31 March 2016, the under-construction Vivekananda flyover in the Girish Park neighbourhood collapsed killing 27 people and leaving over 80 were injured.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is in opposition in the state, raised questions on the government over the tragedy. Its proximity to Garden Reach and Khidirpur makes Majerhat Bridge one of the busiest in the city.

The chief minister has called for a detailed investigation.

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The bridge was constructed by the Kolkata Port Trust, but officials alleged that the public works department (PWD) was responsible for its upkeep.

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The accident severely hit transport services connecting the areas in the south-western part of the city and South 24 Parganas district, affecting thousands of commuters in the peak evening hour, reported PTI. He said they had no idea of the casualties had seen there were motor cycles and other vehicles trapped in the debris.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the incident is "deeply unfortunate" and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

Movement on the Budge Budge-Sealdah railway line has been stopped for the time being. The flyover is said to be one of the oldest brifges in Kolkata. President Ram Nath Kovind said he was "sorry to learn" about the partial bridge collapse. Locals join. Rescue operations on.

"A part of the Majherhat bridge between Taratala and Mominpur collapsed around 4.30 p.m", a fire official said.

The 450 metre-long bridge was built in early sixties and maintained by PWD, a member of mayor-in-council in the city municipal corporation said.

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