Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held Public Works Department (PWD) responsible for the Majerhat bridge collapse in Kolkata. She said that the department was informed about the condition of the bridge in 2016 and its laxity in beginning the maintenance work led to the incident that resulted in the death of three persons and left 27 others injured on September 4.

“PWD was informed about the condition of Majerhat Bridge in 2016 and was asked to begin maintenance. Since PWD didn’t start working, the responsibility of the collapse lies with them,” Mamata said.

Adding further, she said that the Investigation Committee has even mentioned metro construction as a reason behind the collapse along with the negligence of PWD. On the other hand, the Trinamool Congress chief also announced that the Majerhat Bridge will be demolished completely.

“Investigation Committee has even mentioned metro construction as a reason behind the collapse along with the negligence of PWD. Action will be taken against the guilty. Majerhat Bridge will be demolished completely & a new bridge will be constructed within a year,” she was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Earlier, a report citing a letter by the Eastern Railways claimed that the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government was warned about the dilapidated condition of Majerhat Bridge over a month back.  The letter dated July 27, 2018 warned that “the nearby span towards Mominpur of the same ROB over existing drain found visible deflections towards the Sealdah end. This needs a complete inspection from your side and necessary action thereof”.

After the Majerhat Bridge collapse incident, CM Mamata Banerjee claimed that at least 20 bridges in the city and its suburbs are unsafe.  Bridges and flyovers such as Santragachi, Ultadanga, Sealdah, Belgachia and Dhakuria are working “past their expiry dates”, she reportedly said.