Published: Thu, May 17, 2018

19 killed as under-construction flyover collapses in Varanasi

19 killed as under-construction flyover collapses in Varanasi

Rajnath takes stock of situation: Home Minister Rajnath Singh took stock of the situation in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi district where at least 18 people were killed when an under-construction bridge collapsed this afternoon.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that on the one hand his joy knew no bounds because of the Karnataka win, on the other his heart was weighed down under a heavy burden because several people in his constituency Varanasi had died in a flyover "accident".

Two dozen persons were injured in the tragedy near the Cantonment railway station here.

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The corporation received flak earlier after some bridges built by it developed cracks.

The flyover was still being built when portions of its cement structure fell on the road being used under it.

People look for survivors inside vehicles crushed when a section of an under construction overpass collapsed in Varanasi India Tuesday

He further said that five teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) (250 jawans) with full equipment have been rushed to the incident spot.

The CM, who left for Varanasi from Lucknow late in the evening, announced Rs 5 lakh as compensation for the kin of the deceased and Rs 2 lakh for the injured. At least seven to eight vehicles have been crushed and many people are still trapped. "A three-member technical committee has been constituted to carry out an investigation and submit a report within a fortnight".

The flyover collapsed primarily because two beams holding up the concrete slabs buckled, say sources. "The state government is monitoring the situation very closely and is working on the ground to assist the affected".

Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said today that the state government will set up a "bridge safety cell" to regularly inspect flyovers and bridges.

Apart from the high-level probe announced by Adityanath yesterday, a magisterial inquiry has also begun. In 2010, a bridge constructed in the Bundelkhand region, which was about a kilometre long, had developed deep cracks soon after its inauguration.

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