At least 21 people have died under the flyover that fell in the busy Burrabazar area of Kolkata. The flyover, under construction since 2009, fell on the traffic passing underneath it crushing even the sturdiest Ambassador taxis.
But the company constructing the fly-over, IVRCL, claims that the horrific incident was an “act of God”.
“Before that, 59 segments were constructed and all of them are fine. Something happened with this segment. We are trying to find out what happened and we will cooperate with any investigation,” he said.
The Indian Army steps in to help in the rescue and relief efforts. ADGPI
Even the sturdy Ambassador taxis were crushed like muffins under the heavy iron girders.ITB
Even before ordering a probe into the incident, Banerjee accused the Left Front government for the fall of the flyover because it was during its rule that IVRCL got the contract.
She claimed that despite repeated reminders, the company had not shared details of the construction plan with her government.
This is not the first major accident under Trinamool regime. One of the most horrific ones was the Amri hospital fire of December 9, 2011 that killed 95 people, including patients and staff.
In 2013 an under-construction fly-over at the Ultadanga stretch of the city collapsed. No one was killed.
That speaks a lot about Mamata Banerjee’s own administration. Her reaction? Obviously this…
The Kolkata office of IVRCL group has been sealed by the police. An FIR has been filed against the company.