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Kolkata bridge crash shows India’s apathetic attitude to infrastructure maintenance

Kolkata bridge crash shows India’s apathetic attitude to infrastructure maintenance

This incident took place two years after a section of an under-construction flyover collapsed in the Burrabazar area of central Kolkata killing 28 people.

Six people have been admitted to SSKM hospital, while one has been rushed to CMRI.

"Train services in Circular Railway and Sealdah-Budge Budge line have been suspended as precautionary measure following the collapse of a portion of the bridge", Eastern Railway spokesman RN Mahapatra said.

Four teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), fire brigade and personnel of disaster management teams are at the spot. But now our focus is on the rescue operation. "I pray that those who are injured recover at the earliest".

All India Trinamool Congress, the West Bengal state's ruling party, said on Twitter the bridge was 40 years old.

Police confirmed at least one death but local media reports five have been killed - and the death toll is expected to rise.

Governor Kesri Nath Tripathi also dropped in at the accident site to see the rescue operation.




The Logical Indian prays for the well-being of the people who are trapped under the bridge and the ones undergoing treatment now.

An eyewitness reported hearing loud noises at the time of the bridge collapse.

News reports said more than 20 people were taken to local hospitals. "Rest of the investigation will be done later".

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the first priority is to rescue the injured and those who are trapped.

The bridge collapse hit traffic movement to and from vast areas in south-west Kolkata and adjacent South 24 Parganas district.

"It is really unfortunate that the bridge has collapsed". West Bengal is reeling under heavy rains. "As of now there has been no casualty, but search operations are underway, let us wait".

Tuesday's incident revived the terrible memory of the Posta flyover collapse here two years ago. In March 2016, an under-construction flyover in north Kolkata collapsed killing at least 27 people.

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