One dead in Kolkata's Majherhat bridge collapse; 31 admitted to hospital

One dead in Kolkata's Majherhat bridge collapse; 31 admitted to hospital

Bag, in his late 20s, was returning home from College Street in central Kolkata after buying some books when the incident took place, according to the police.

An official report later blamed that accident on bad design and poor-quality materials.

Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal state, confirmed that one person was killed, adding, "19 people have received injuries. We are concerned about the lives of five to eight people who might have got trapped underneath".

Traffic from various parts of South 24 Parganas and Behala area in the city were being diverted from Diamond Park area, the officer said.

Police said on Tuesday night they were still trying to confirm if anyone else was trapped beneath the debris. However, in a statement, KoPT said, "KoPT does not have any records of Majherhat Bridge been built by Kolkata port".

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has ordered a high level probe into the matter.

Three columns of army personnel are also present at the spot, but there has been no official deployment as no such request was received from the state government, Eastern Command sources told IANS.

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"We are very anxious".

"A detailed investigation will be done but right now our main focus is rescue and relief operations".

The immediate priority is rescue. Banerjee, who was in the Darjeeling hills, said she would reach Capital Kolkata Wednesday morning and visit the accident site. "The electricity was cut after the collapse. we don't know how many people are trapped under the bridge", the eyewitness said.

These tragedies demonstrate that even as India pushes ahead with new infrastructue projects, it needs to pay much greater attention to maintaining old structures.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the incident "deeply unfortunate" and hoped for the speedy recovery of the injured.

Governor KN Tripathi, who visited the site earlier in the evening, described it as "a big disaster".