1 killed in Kolkata bridge collapse

India bridge collapse Kolkata Majerhat Bridge dead

Devastating. Rescue teams, disaster management teams, Police CP, fire fighters already reach spot.

The injured people have been rushed to CMRI Hospital and SSKM College and Hospital.

In two years, this is the second incident when a bridge collapsed during busy hours in the city.

Several agencies, including the National Disaster Response Force joined the local police and fire department in the rescue operation.

Banerjee said she will visit the site on Wednesday cutting short her tour. The collapsed bridge was not under the Eastern Railway, but it was a railway over-bridge.

#5:38 PM: CM Mamata Banerjee expresses concerns: We are very anxious. "To avoid traffic congestion, Behala-bound buses and other vehicles availing Diamond Harbour Road from Hastings crossing will be diverted via Khidderpore crossing CGR Road, Hide Road, Brace Bridge, Taratala Road Taratala crossing further South". Many vehicles are said to be buried under the debris.

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

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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is now in Darjeeling, is expected to return the city today and visit the site.

Majherhat Bridge is located next to the Kolkata Port Trust Hospital and connects Alipore with the rest of the south Kolkata neighbourhood. "But this is a matter of investigation".

Movement on the Budge Budge-Sealdah railway line has been stopped for the time being.

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

Opposition parties blamed the Trinamool Congress government and said its "callousness towards the fix of old bridges" was the main reason for the collapse. "A team of railway engineers headed by Chief Bridge Engineer, experts from RITES are visiting the site to ensure safety of rail service at the affected area of Majerhat Bridge", Mahapatra said.

The mishap comes two years after the collapse of an under-construction Vivekananda Flyover in north Kolkata which claimed over two dozen lives.

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