Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Under construction flyover crash in Varanasi kills 25

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
Faye Gross | 17 May, 2018, 00:15

At least 15 people dead and several others got injured after a portion of an under construction flyover collapsed near Cantt railway station in Varanasi.

The Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation Ltd is building the 2,261-metre bridge at a cost of Rs 129 crore, officials said. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced financial assistance of five lakh rupees each to next of the kin of those killed and two lakh rupees to the injured.

After the collapse, it came to light that security measures were grossly neglected in the construction of the flyover. The post and names of the suspended officials are chief project manager HC Tiwari, project manager K.R Sudan, and assistant Engineer Rajesh Singh and engineer Lal Chand.

Many of those who were trapped in the debris is suspected to be labourers who were working.

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Four officials have been suspended by Maurya, who is also the PWD minister.

UP CM Adityanath reached the scene within a few hours and met the injured in the city's Kabir Chaura hospital.

Meanwhile, after close monitoring by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), a FIR has been lodged under sections 304, 308 and 427 of the Indian penal Code (IPC) against the UP Bridge Corp and the executing agency constructing the flyover. The span which fell was laid barely three months ago. "Until we complete the investigation, talk to everyone concerned and check all the records, it won't be right to say anything", Raj Pratap Singh, a member of the committee constituted by the government to probe the incident, told ANI. "Spoke to officials and asked them to ensure all possible support to those affected", Modi tweeted.

The flyover collapsed primarily because two beams holding up the concrete slabs buckled, say sources. "Seven teams of the NDRF, comprising 325 workers, have been deployed for the rescue mission", said a government spokesperson. The committee has been asked to submit its findings within 48 hours of the incident, said a statement from the chief minister's office.

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