Friday, 21 September, 2018

18 lives snuffed out as Varanasi bridge collapses

People crowd around the site of an accident where a section of an under-construction overpass collapsed in Varanasi India on May 15 People crowd around the site of an accident where a section of an under-construction overpass collapsed in Varanasi India on May 15
Pablo Mccormick | 17 May, 2018, 02:32

"The UP Government is monitoring the situation very closely and is working on the ground to assist the affected", the Prime Minister said.

The administration put the toll at 18, citing the bodies rescue workers had counted.

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Chief Minister Adityanath set up a three-member committee to probe the flyover collapse. The committee has been told to submit their report within next 48 hours.

The FIR was lodged at the Sigra police station on Wednesday on the complaint of sub-inspector Dhananand Tripathi. Another flyover near Polytechnic crossing had developed cracks and was closed for traffic for about a year. By 10 P.M. Tuesday, the portions of the bridge that collapsed was lifted away, said Sanjay Kumar, the Uttar Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority Commissioner. An official in Varanasi said the employee, who worked as a sweeper at mortuary, had allegedly demanded Rs 200 bribe from the families of two victims. Singh also recalled the Kolkata flyover collapse and went on to say that rescue operations were on in full swing.

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In 2010, the 1,087- metre Chillgahat bridge connecting Fatehpur with Bundelkhand region, built at a cost of Rs 650 crore, showed cracks within 13 days of its inauguration, he recalled.

In 2016, another bridge built by the corporation in Lucknow developed a deep cavity. Stern action would be taken against the guilty. "The government needs to get to the bottom of it", said one of the protestors.

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The Karnataka Assembly election results threw up an unexpected suspense today, as a simple majority tantalisingly eluded BJP and the Congress quickly proclaimed support to third-placed JD (S) to keep the saffron party out of power. The flyover was being constructed by government agency and contractor. Before that UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya as well as State Minister Nilkhand Tiwari also rushed to the spot with a technical team. The officials named were held "prima facie" responsible for the incident that claimed 18 lives.

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