Varanasi, Jun 1: A plate of an under-construction flyover on Babatpur road fell on Friday in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh. No injuries or casualties have been reported. The incident comes approximately 15 days after 18 people were killed following the collapse of an under-construction bridge in the city last month. Meanwhile, more details on the incident are awaited.

Last month, a lot of questions were raised on the standard of work carried out by the UP State Bridge Corporation (UPSBC) in the wake of Varanasi bridge collapse incident. In response, the UP Police asserted that it had sent at least five letters warning the UPSBC repeatedly to follow proper safety regulations during the construction of the bridge.

However, UPSBC managing director Rajan Mittal refuted the UP Police’s claims and said that the state bridge corporation had taken several steps and also written to the district administration asking them to provide officials for traffic management and removal of vendors but they received no response.

Expressing grief over the incident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakh to the family of those killed in the incident and a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to injured.

Chief Project Manager HC Tiwari, Project Manager KR Sudan, Assistant Engineer Rajesh Singh and engineer Lal Chand were suspended with immediate effect.

PM Modi expresses grief

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter over bridge collapse incident in May and said, “Extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to the collapse of an under-construction flyover in Varanasi. I pray that the injured recover soon. Spoke to officials and asked them to ensure all possible support to those affected.”

Furthermore he said,”I spoke to UP CM Yogi Adityanath Ji regarding the situation. The UP Government is monitoring the situation very closely and is working on the ground to assist the affected.”