New Delhi: Five people have been injured and several others feared trapped after a portion of the Bardhaman Railway Station building collapsed on Saturday evening. A railway rescue team and police have reached the spot. Also Read - BJP Leaders From Outside Campaigning in Bengal Responsible For COVID-19 Surge: Mamata Banerjee
Speaking to reporters, an Eastern Railway official said that the portion of the station building at Bardhaman collapsed at 8.10 PM. Also Read - Mamata Banerjee Urges EC To Merge Remaining Phases of Bengal Polls Into One Amid COVID Cases Surge
Construction activity was underway at the site where the collapse took place, stated another official. Also Read - EC Calls All-Party Meeting In Kolkata As COVID Cases Surge In Bengal, Discussion Over Poll Campaigns Likely
The railways has ordered an inquiry to know the cause of the mishap. “I can’t say at this stage whether there was any shortcoming in maintenance. That can only be said once the enquiry is over. Our priority now is to undertake rescue,” another official said, adding there was no impact on train movement.
“There is no problem in the platform portion. We have already opened an alternate way for entry and exit of passengers,” said Divisional Railway Manager (Howrah) Isha Khan.
To assist the injured and their family members, the railways has also issued helpline numbers –033-26411661 Enquiry helpline number — 033-26413660 033-26402241 033-26402242 03326402243.
Bardhaman Railway Station, located about 95 km from Kolkata, is on the busy Howrah-New Delhi line.