The 40-year-old bridge, built by the Port Trust, stood over some rail tracks in Alipore — one of the very old areas of the city. The area is surrounded by half-constructed buildings, scaffolding and pillars. The collapse sent shock waves through the city, where 26 people died two years ago in a similar tragedy, when a portion of an under-construction flyover crashed down.
Eyewitnesses said around 4.45 pm, a huge segment of the bridge came crashing down.
The sudden collapse of 40-year-old bridge damaged a few cars, minibus and some two-wheelers. A huge section of the bridge came down during peak traffic hours on Tuesday afternoon.
Pictures from the area showed the collapsed section resting on the road, at least nine vehicles, including a mini bus, and several two-wheelers still on it
At least one person was killed and 25 others injured. The rescuers did not find anyone trapped in the debris overnight, but a police officer said clearance operations was on full tilt on Wednesday morning. (The Indian Express)
Bad design and poor-quality materials responsible for the tragedy?
Weakening of the support structure because of age and lack of upkeep might have led to the collapse of the Majerhat bridge, a professor of civil engineering at the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology said.
The support structure of a bridge comprises piers, beams and girders.
The beam resists the load applied to its axis. The deck, also known as the roadway or surface of a bridge, is integrated into the support structure with the beams, girders and the piers.
(Source: The Telegraph)
Chief Secretary To Head Probe
A committee headed by chief secretary Moloy De will probe the collapse of the Majerhat bridge, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said in Darjeeling on the evening of Tuesday, 4 September.
Mamata had been monitoring and micro-managing from the hills, the government’s response to the collapse since she first heard about it from the chief secretary.
“We have been receiving information from the rescue team on the ground. We want to go back as soon as possible but there are no flights in the evening, so we are unable to go right away,” said the chief minister, who brought forward her Wednesday’s programme in Darjeeling from 3pm to 11am so she could leave for Bagdogra in time to catch a flight for Calcutta.
(Source: The Telegraph)
In March 2016, a section of an under-construction flyover had collapsed in central Kolkata’s busy Burrabazar area. Twenty-six people had died in the tragedy and nearly 90 people were injured. Eight engineers were arrested in the case.
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