Kolkata: One person died and over 20 were left injured as a portion of Majerhat Bridge collapsed in southern Kolkata on Tuesday. The horrific incident left thousands under a state of shock. Those who witnessed the bridge come crumbling down claim that the incident will remain etched in their memory forever. Also Read - This Congress Leader Was Booked For Posting Doctored Image of PM Modi
A cab driver Madan Jha narrated how his car began sinking downwards. He claimed that while he was crossing the bridge to reach Ekbalpore from Behala, when suddenly the ground below him began to shake. The 38-year-old alerted the passenger inside his cab and asked him to get down immediately. Both managed to escape the disaster narrowly. (ALSO READ – Blame Game in Bengal Over Kolkata Bridge Collapse) Also Read - West Bengal Lockdown News: Vegetable Prices Continue to Soar, Consumers Affected, Normal Life Worst Hit
A metro rail worker, who used to stay under the bridge in a temporary shelter along with 64 others, asserts that two of his friends are trapped under the debris. “I shudder to think what would have happened when we were sleeping under the structure,” he was quoted as saying in a report. Also Read - PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana: PM Modi Releases Rs 17,000 Crore to 8.5 Crore Farmers | Details Here
Meanwhile, five teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were rushed to the spot to carry out the rescue operations. “While four teams of the NDRF comprising about 180 personnel have already reached the spot, another team comprising about 45 rescuers is on its way,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted on Tuesday. He described the incident as extremely tragic and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.
Ordering a probe into the tragedy, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured. “A probe will be done by a committee headed by Chief Secretary Malay De to find out the cause of the collapse. Action will be taken against those whose negligence caused the accident. No one will be spared,” she said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday termed as “deeply unfortunate” the collapse of a part of a south Kolkata bridge and hoped for the speedy recovery of the injured. “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,” the PM tweeted.
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 centre to Behala and other southern suburbs. While a person lost his life in the incident, around 25 have been rescued from the rubble, the Fire Brigade department claimed. The injured have been admitted to SSKM and CMRI hospitals.