Thane: A portion of Rajiv Gandhi bridge in Maharashtra’s Bhiwandi collapsed on Wednesday afternoon. No casualties or injuries were reported till the time of filing the report. More details on the incident are awaited. The incident comes a day after a portion of Majerhat bridge collapsed in Kolkata killing one person and leaving over 25 injured. Also Read - Mumbai, Thane Receive Heavy Rainfall; More Showers in Konkan Region, Central Maharashtra Within 24 Hours
This is not the first incident of bridge collapse that has been reported from the state. On July 3, an over-bridge at a railway station in Mumbai’s Andheri suburb collapsed during heavy rains. Five people were injured in the incident. The falling bridge entangled with overhead wires which fell on the tracks below, halting local train services on the Western line. Last year in September, a foot over-bridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railway stations had collapsed, leading to a stampede in which 22 people were killed and several injured. Also Read - Heart-Stopping! Unverified Video of a Girl Walking on Ledge of High-Rise Apartment Goes Viral | Watch
Earlier today, a suo-motu case registered at Alipur police station against unknown responsible persons (maintenance agency) under sections 304, 308, 427 and 34 of IPC.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner (south) Meeraj Khalid confirmed the death of one person. He added that two people are feared trapped in debris and the rescue operations are underway. Asserting that a case will be registered against those responsible, he said that the beams of flyover are really heavy hence, it is taking more time to rescue people.
On Tuesday, 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, while ordering a probe in the incident.
“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 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,” he 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.