An under construction flyover collapsed in Kolkata’s Girish Park area on Thursday near the famous Ganesh Talkies, killing 18 people and leaving scores trapped. However, contractor building the flyover pleaded it’s as an “act of God”.
The police said that 18 persons have died in the incident.
“This particular job has been given to us by the Government of West Bengal and we are doing this work. We have already done 60 to 75 per cent of work and the remaining is supposed to be completed. That is still in the process. It is nothing but ‘Gods act’,” said K. Panduranga Rao, Group Head (HR administration) for IVRCL.
“So far in 27 years, we must have constructed a number of bridges and it has never happened. As a company, we are also in shock… two of our engineers are also missing. The bridge is still under construction, just one girder has missed, because of that, it has happened it seems. That is how it looks,” he added.
State administration officials said 62 people have been injured and taken to hospital, while several others were feared trapped under the debris.
Four columns of Army personnel (about 300 in number) alongwith with NDRF, State disaster management, city police and fire brigade personnel joined were involved in the rescue operations.
“It is nothing but God’s act,” claimed Panduranga Rao of the Hyderabad-based IVRCL Construction company engaged in the flyover’s construction.
“Stringent action will be taken against officials of the construction company and others involved,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.
Police, fire brigade and disaster management personnel have rushed to the accident site and started rescue work. Cranes have been pressed to remove the debris.
The injured people have been shifted to the Calcutta Medical hospital for medical aid.
“Spoke to DG NDRF who apprised me of situation at the accident site in Kolkata. NDRF teams rushed to spot for rescue ops,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh said