05 September, 2018
In yet another tragedy that brings into focus Kolkata's crumbling infrastructure, the Majerhat bridge connecting Alipore in the north of the city to New Alipore in the south crashed on Tuesday evening, killing one and leaving at least 21 injured. Many cars were also seen caught under the collapsed section of the bridge.
Following the incident, ambulances and disaster management response force personnel with heavy machinery rushed to the spot to carry out rescue work.
ARMY, Navy and CISF teams were deployed to assist the NDRF, Fire Brigade and the Kolkata Police in the rescue operation. But there is no flight available now.
"I have come to see the rescue work".
The bridge also has a history of a portion caving in around 17 years ago, which was rebuilt by the state PWD department, said Khsiti Goswami, who was the PWD minister of the CPM-led Left Font government.
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According to reports, a person has died in the accident. If they were there during the collapse, it is possible that something unfortunate may have happened to them.
#05:50 PM: All the trapped people rescued: All those who were trapped have been rescued: Firhad Hakim, West Bengal Minister on Majerhat bridge collapse. Workers of the Metro Rail project which was going on beside the collapsed bridge, claimed that three labourers have so far not been traced.
Indian commuters onlookers stand on a segment of Majerhat bridge after the bridge suddenty collapsed in Kolkata, Sep 4, 2018. My thoughts are with the families of the victims. The collapse of the bridge has affected railway operations though the portion that has collapsed does not run over the railway lines but a canal adjacent to them. "I pray that those who are injured recover at the earliest", he wrote on Twitter. West Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi blamed the state government for poor maintenance, and a political blame game started over what led to the accident.
The bridge is reported to be over 40 years old.