Bridge in Kolkata collapses and crushes vehicles casualties feared

Bridge in Kolkata collapses and crushes vehicles casualties feared

The bridge, located in south-west Kolkata, is one of the major arterial roads that connects the neighbourhood of Behala to the rest of the city and has heavy movement of traffic round the clock.

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The death toll in the shocking incident is likely to go up as several cars and other vehicles are still trapped under the bridge.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Meeraj Khalid told ANI that rescue operations were under way. Locals said that even though the bridge had been painted blue and white - the colour of the Trinamool Congress government - it was dilapidated and had grass growing on its edges.

It also runs over the Majerhat railway station.

Mamata Banerjee, who is on an official tour of North Bengal urged her ministers to immediately reach the spot and help with relief actions.

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At least one person died, according to an official at the city's Seth Sukhlal Karnani Memorial Hospital, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorised to speak publicly. Many vehicles are said to be buried under the debris. "I pray that those who are injured recover at the earliest", said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet.

She said there was a hut under the bridge and some labourers engaged in metro rail construction work used to stay.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is now in Darjeeling, promised to initiate a high-level inquiry. "But this is a matter of investigation".

Local railway services were affected as the bridge crossed a set of tracks. Some of them said the bridge has collapsed. If they were there during the collapse, it is possible that something unfortunate may have happened to them.

Collapses of old and ageing structures are not uncommon in India. Rescue operations were on at the time of going to Press.

This is the latest transport and infrastructure tragedy to hit Kolkata after 26 people were killed when Vivekananda Road flyover collapsed in 2016.

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