Varanasi flyover collapse : Four officials suspended

16 dead several trapped after flyover collapses in Varanasi By Odishatv Bureau Last updated

16 dead several trapped after flyover collapses in Varanasi By Odishatv Bureau Last updated

The tragedy is similar to the flyover collapse in Kolkata two years back, when over 25 people were killed.

Following the incident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced ex-gratia for the affected families and met the victims at the Kabir Chaura Hospital in the city. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath announced a three-member panel to probe into the mishap and give its report in 48 hours. "The quality of the materials used in the construction of the bridges and flyovers will be also checked and there will be no construction till the teams complete the review works and submit reports within three days", Mittal said. This bridge is the responsibility of UP State Bridge Corporation and was scheduled to be inaugurated in December 2018. Sections 3 and 4 of the Public Property Damage Prevention Act 1984 have also been invoked in the FIR.

It was registered on the complaint of Roadways police outpost in-charge Dhananand Tripathi.

Police and rescue teams reached the site a full 30 minutes after the crash, at 6.10pm. "At least four cars, an auto-rickshaw and a minibus were crushed under it", they said.

The corporation, which once earned kudos bagging projects not only in other states but also in Iraq, Yemen and Nepal, has been at the receiving end recently, a senior official of the PWD department said. "It is a 2,261 metres long bridge which is being constructed at a cost of Rs 129 crore".

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In 2016, a cavity developed on Lohia bridge over the Gomti in Lucknow.

Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Wednesday demanded stern action against the guilty. But residents said seven bodies were pulled out before the rescue teams arrived.

But he was reinstated when the BJP government came to power previous year.

"The situation near Babatpur, where a flyover is under construction, is the same".

Many times the agency and district administration cautioned that because of movement of heavy traffic in the area, either traffic should be diverted or appropriate security measures taken; but these proposals were not heeded.

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