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Kolkata Majherhat Bridge Collapse Live Updates: Suo moto case registered against unknown people

Kolkata Majherhat Bridge Collapse Live Updates: Suo moto case registered against unknown people: Well, bridges are falling down, people are dying, and several other getting injured but who cares? Reports are coming that a portion of the Majerhat bridge in south Kolkata fall down and collapsed this Tuesday, police and rescue team is rescuing the injured and other people who are trapped under the bridge. Also, the sources are saying that many vehicles including two- and four-wheelers were also crushed in the incident.

Kolkata Majerhat Bridge Collapse Live Updates

Now, no one is going to take responsibility for this accident, people will blame the government, the government will blame the contractor, the contractor will blame the labors, and we are telling you this after a labor day maybe few labors will be in trouble. This India, you all should know that because of the weak material, and corrupted engineering is the reason for this accident. Overall, the reports are suggesting that the six people have been admitted to SSKM hospital, while one has been rushed to CMRI.

13:44 (IST)05 SEP 2018

Majherhat Bridge Collapse: Suo moto case registered at Alipur police station against unknown people

Suo moto case registered at Alipur police station against unknown people (maintenance agency) under Sections 304, 308, 427 and 34 of Indian Penal Code. Meanwhile, thousands of people residing in the south-western suburbs and vast areas of South 24 Parganas district are facing travel woes owing to closure of the arterial Diamond Harbour Road after the collapse of a section of the Majherhat Bridge.

13:31 (IST)05 SEP 2018

Majerhat bridge collapse: Case will be registered against those responsible, says DC (South)

Speaking on the Majherhat bridge collapse, DC (South) Meeraj Khalid said that two people were still feared trapped in debris. “One death is confirmed. Two people are feared trapped in debris. Rescue operations underway. Beams of flyover are really heavy so it is taking time to cut them and rescue people. Case will be registered against those responsible,” ANI quoted Khalid as saying. Rescuers are using drillers and cutting machines to barrel through concrete slabs and engaged sniffer dogs to find any signs of life beneath the debris.

12:35 (IST)05 SEP 2018

Majerhat bridge collapse: Eastern Railway asks state-run RITES Ltd to probe incident

The Eastern Railway has asked the state-run RITES Ltd to probe the collapse of the Majherhat bridge and examine the safety of railway operations in it wake, IANS quoted an official as saying. “Our chief bridge engineer along with RITES team will be visiting the spot and it is a fact-finding team. The collapsed bridge was not under the Eastern Railway, but it was a railway over-bridge. That is why concerns are there,” an Eastern Railway spokesperson said.

RITES Ltd, under the aegis of Indian Railways, is a multi-disciplinary consultancy organisation in the fields of transport, infrastructure and related technologies. “They will investigate the possible reasons that caused the collapse and also examine the safety of railway operations under the bridge,” the official said.

11:38 (IST)05 SEP 2018

Majerhat bridge collapse

A person on Wednesday alleged that his brother, who was involved in metro construction work, was trapped under the debris of Majerhat bridge but police were not taking any action. “My brother worked here. Two people, including him, are trapped under debris. I told the police officers about it but they have not taken any step,” Partho Deb said. According to a state official, the 40-year-old bridge was constructed by the Kolkata Port Trust and maintained by State Public Works Department.

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11:18 (IST)05 SEP 2018

Majerhat bridge collapse to further delay Joka-Esplanade Metro project

The Majerhat bridge collapse is likely to have an adverse impact on the ongoing 16.72 km Joka-Esplanade Metro project. The elevated Majerhat Metro station is being constructed on a plot next to the collapsed Majerhat bridge. While the project has already suffered serious time and cost overruns because of encroachment and land issues, reports said the latest tragedy would peg it back by more one and a half years.

Construction of Majerhat station will get delayed as taking the material to the site will be an issue, with a major part of the site being cordoned off for dismantling the old structure and re-erecting a new one. Quoting a source in the Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL), the implementing agency of this project, TOI reported that work next to the spot where the portion of the bridge collapsed will be suspended for some days.

  • 20:43 (IST)

    Mamata Banerjee apprises Rajnath Singh of situation 

    According to , Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in view of the Majerhat bridge collapse in Kolkata. She apprised him of the ground situation, and Singh assured Banerjee of providing Central assistance if needed.

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    20:33 (IST)

    BJP leader Babul Supriyo hits out at Mamata Banerjee over death toll

    Lashing out at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, BJP leader Babul Supriyo said that even though several reports said that 4-5 people have died due to the bridge collapse, the TMC chief said (initially) that no casualties have taken place.

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    20:18 (IST)

    Majerhat bridge collapse extremely tragic, says Rajnath Singh 

    In wake of the bridge collapse in Kolkata, Home Minister Rajnath Singh took to Twitter to update about the incident. “Four NDRF teams have already reached the spot. One more team is on the way. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured,” he said in a tweet.

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    20:11 (IST)

    CAPF personnel reach site

    Several personnel belonging to the Central Armed Police Forces have reached the site to assist in rescue operations.

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    20:07 (IST)

    Ram Nath Kovind extends prayers to those affected by bridge collapse

    In a tweet, President Ram Nath Kovind, “Sorry to learn of the partial collapse of the Majerhat bridge in Kolkata. Thoughts and prayers with the bereaved families, and with those injured in the tragic incident.”

     

    20:00 (IST)

    Latest toll: 1 death, 19 injured

    West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee confirmed the one death and 19 injured in the Majerhat bridge collapse.

    Input by Sayantanee Choudhury/101Reporters

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    19:49 (IST)

    CPM leader asks why TMC govt is refusing to call army for help

    Speaking to India Today, CPM leader Sujan Chakraborty said, “I don’t know what is happening. I don’t know why they are hesitant to call the army.” He said that the state administration was incapable of handling the situation on its own and requested Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to act according to the requirement of the situation.

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    19:40 (IST)

    State health minister says reports of five deaths yet to be confirmed

    West Bengal health minister Chandrima Bhattacharya said she had heard about the death of five people in the Majerhat bridge collapse, but it has yet to be confirmed.

    PTI

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    19:37 (IST)

    West Bengal BJP vice-president slams Mamata Banerjee govt

    Hitting out at the TMC government, West Bengal BJP vice-president Chandra Kumar Bose said that the Majerhat bridge which caters to heavy traffic was “overdue in maintenance”. ” Why can’t we take precautionary measures to avoid such a disaster,” he said.

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    19:31 (IST)

    Police confirm death of one

    The police have confirmed one death in the Majerhat bridge collapse. Fire brigade personnel engaged in the rescue operation work said 25 injured were pulled out from the rubble. The injured have been admitted to SSKM and CMRI hospitals, the police said.

    PTI

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    19:27 (IST)

    At least one dead in Majerhat bridge collapse, say reports

    According to unconfirmed reports, one person has died due to the bridge collapse in Kolkata’s Alipore area.

  • 19:13 (IST)

    Kolkata traffic haywire during peak hours; train services hit as bridge debris falls on tracks

    Train services along the Circular Railway and Sealdah-Budge Budge line were temporarily suspended as a precautionary measure after a portion of the Majerhat bridge collapsed.

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    19:12 (IST)

    West Bengal governor says bridge ‘deserved better maintenance’

    Speaking on the bridge collapse, West Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi said, “There was a report on a pit here for quite some time, I don’t know whether PWD noted it. PWD and railway administration had the responsibility to maintain it. The matter requires investigation.”

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    19:01 (IST)

    Kolkata bridge collapse ‘deeply unfortunate’, says Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted in wake of the bridge collapse in Alipore. “The collapse of a part of a bridge in Kolkata is deeply unfortunate. My thoughts are with the families of the victims. I pray that those who are injured recover at the earliest,” he said in the tweet.

     

    18:59 (IST)

    Mamata Banerjee likely to reach Kolkata tomorrow morning

    According to secretariat sources, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee likely to return from Siliguri on Wednesday morning,

    Input by Alisha Rahman Sarkar/101Reporters

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    18:57 (IST)

    Terrible tragedy hit Kolkata, says BJP leader Arvind Menon 

    In a tweet, BJP leader Arvind Menon said, “Extremely distressing news and terrible tragedy hit Kolkata as 2 bridge collapse in less than 2.5 years.”

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    18:52 (IST)

    Actor Renuka Shahane hits out at authorities

    Taking to Twitter, actor Renuka Shahane said that the civic bodies in India need to “step up” and “take firm steps”. “Corruption in municipal corporations is a huge issue. Also shouldn’t there be some limit to the amount of digging of roads for infrastructural work? Hope there are no casualties,” the actor wrote.

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    18:49 (IST)

    Kolkata Traffic Police notifies on traffic diversions

    For those wanting to take northward journey, they can go use this route: Hastings > CGR > Taratala. For those who want to travel southward, they can use this diversion: DH Road > Taratala > CGR Road.

     

    18:38 (IST)

    15 rescued so far

    According to the police, 15 people have been rescued and rushed to the SSKM hospital.

    Input by Sayantanee Choudhary/101Reporters

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    18:36 (IST)

    Light rains in Alipore as rescue ops go on at site

    Rains are likely to affect the operations being undertaken to rescue victims of the Majerhat bridge collapse.

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    18:32 (IST)

    3 NDRF teams at site; bridge collapsed at 4.30 pm

    A part of the Majerhat bridge between Taratala and Mominpur collapsed around 4.30 pm, a fire official told IANS.

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    18:29 (IST)

    Diamond Harbour Road towards Taratala closed for traffic from Diamond Park and Sakher Bazar

     

    18:26 (IST)

    Several injured after bus fell into nullah during bridge collapse

    Some of the passengers inside the bus have sustained injuries. A team of police is trying to take them out of the bus.

    Input by Sayantanee Choudhary/101Reporters

    18:23 (IST)

    Watch: Scenes from Alipore where several people are feared trapped due to callapse of Majirhat bridge

    Video procured by Sayantanee Choudhary/101Reporters

Fire brigade, police and NDRF personnel are engaged in rescue work and we are expecting that the number of can be increased. Also, you all should know that the government reaction will come out, of course, they’ll say something, even CM Mamata Banerjee, who is currently in Darjeeling far away from the state has spoken to the media and she said, “All passengers of vehicles have been rescued. There has been no confirmation of death. But there was a small office of metro workers under the bridge where five to eight workers were expected to be when the bridge caved in.”

Some reports are suggesting that the opposition will make it a big issue in the upcoming days. Also, maybe the injured people will get some money or kind of brief to stay silent because that’s what government does, don’t they? You need to stay silent and be happy because the government is funding you with money just because you are injured, also this money will make them look better in others eyes.

Also, the PM Modi reacted on the incident and he said, “Unfortunate” to this accident. You all should know that the 40-year-old bridge in the crowded Alipore area caved in around 4.45 pm during rush hour over rail tracks. It runs over the Majerhat Railway Station and connects the city center to Behala and other southern suburbs. Now, we are saying that someone should have looked at it and see it coming because it was the work of municipality.