2018 Kolkata bridge collapse Majerhat Bridge (Kolkata)

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  • 2018 Kolkata bridge collapse Majerhat Bridge (Kolkata) Date: 4 September 2018 Location: Alipore, Kolkata, India Coordinates: 22.518°N 88.323°W Deaths: 2 Non-fatal injuries: 25 Majerhat Bridge is located in the Alipore neighbourhood of Kolkata.It is also part of NH-12 and Diamond Harbour Road. Majerhat Railway Station is located beside the bridge. There is also nearby construction for Kolkata Metro Line 3; there is a planned station for Majerhat. The bridge crosses the Indian Railways Sealdah South local rail network from Sealdah to Budge Budge as well as the Kolkata Circular Railway lines Incident & victims The bridge caved in around 4.45 PM. Videos from the locality showed a portion of the bridge resting on the street below including at least nine vehicles, including a minibus, stuck on it.Victims Prabir Kumar Dey, a resident of Murshidabad, and a worker on the Joka-Esplanade Metro Project was killed. Soumen Bag, a resident of Behala’s Silpara was also killed. Rescue efforts The rescue effort was started by the Kolkata Police, an Indian Army unit from Fort William and special disaster management teams of the NDRF after the mishap. Injured people were sent to nearby SSKM, CMRI and Vidyasgar hospitals for treatment. Reactions 1. Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal – said after the accident that the priorities are relief and rescue with the investigation commencing later. She also announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family of each deceased and Rs 50,000 each to the injured. 2. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India – tweeted that the loss of lives in the collapse is deeply unfortunate. 3. Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister – stated that the bridge collapse incident in Kolkata is extremely tragic. 4. The Rail Vikas Nigam Limited project manager for the nearby Kolkata Metro Line 3 construction works, has denied the metro construction led to the bridge collapse.

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