Kolkata: The death toll in Majerhat bridge collapse rose to three on Thursday morning after another body was recovered from the debris. The identity of the deceased has not been ascertained yet. Meanwhile, the rescue operation which began on September 4 has concluded, an NDRF official said. Also Read - Coronavirus in India: Amid Janata Curfew, Death Toll Reaches 6, Bihar Man Youngest Victim
“The operation has ended now. We have recovered two bodies from the site of the bridge collapse. 5 teams of NDRF teams were working at the site since the evening of 4th September till today morning,” SS Khatri, Deputy Commandant, NDRF, was quoted as saying to news agency ANI on Majerhat bridge collapse. Also Read - Coronavirus: Cinema Halls in Jammu to be Closed Till March 31, Total Positive Cases Rise to 60 Across India
Earlier on Wednesday evening, the death toll rose to two after a body was recovered. The deceased was identified as Pranab Dey (24) of Murshidabad district. He was working as a labourer in the Metro Railway project going on adjacent to the bridge. Also Read - Coronavirus: Death Toll in China Jumps to 1,631, Beijing to Punish Those Who Refuse Quarantine Rules
Another person, identified as Soumen Bag, was killed when a part of the 50-year-old bridge on the arterial Diamond Harbour Road collapsed on Tuesday evening trapping several people and crushing many vehicles.
Of the 24 injured, 11 were discharged on Wednesday morning and 13 were under treatment at various hospitals.
“It may take another two days to cut through the concrete slabs. The people engaged in the work are trying hard to cut them,” said Meeraj Khalid, DC South, Kolkata Police, said on Wednesday.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has ordered a probe into the incident. “It is God’s grace that many people were not killed,” she said, adding a committee headed by Chief Secretary Malay De will investigate the cause of the collapse. She applauded the efforts put in by the police and administration in carrying out the rescue work.
The bridge in Alipore area in south Kolkata runs over the Majerhat Railway Station and connects the city centre with the heavily populated Behala, vast areas of the southwest suburbs and neighbouring South 24 Parganas district.
Traffic Diverted, Train Services Halted
Vehicles that usually move to and from the city through Majerhat bridge have been diverted through various other roads, a police officer informed on Wednesday. On the other hand, the train movement below the Majerhat bridge was normal yesterday after being stopped as a precautionary measure on Tuesday, Eastern Railway spokesman RN Mahapatra said.
“Train services of Circular Railway from Dum Dum to Majerhat have resumed this morning,” he said. However, services in the Circular Railway portion of railway track between New Alipore and Majerhat stations that passes under the bridge are temporarily suspended, he added.
Tram services have been completely suspended along CGR Road-DH Road and Judges Court Road, a Kolkata Traffic Police source said.
The rescue operation was carried out by the Kolkata Disaster Management Department, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the state fire department. The rescuers tried drilling the concrete slabs, used sophisticated cameras and engaged sniffer dogs to ensure anybody trapped under the rubble could be reached and rescued.
A mini bus, four cars and a few motorcycles that were damaged in the bridge collapse on Tuesday.