Kolkata: A day after 24 people were killed in the collapse of a flyover under construction in a crowded commercial area in Kolkata, the construction company said “several possibilities” including a bomb blast should be investigated.
Here are the latest developments:
- Six officials of IVRCL group, which was building the flyover, have been detained in Kolkata.
- The Kolkata police have also detained two officials from the firm’s Hyderabad headquarters. Last evening, an official controversially called the bridge collapse an ‘act of God’.
- “The glass was shattered. It could have been a blast,” Sheela Peddinti, legal adviser to IVRCL said today.
- Pedestrians and cars were crushed under concrete slabs and metal when a 60-metre portion of the flyover suddenly fell at lunchtime at Burrabazar in central Kolkata. Around 90 were rescued, many with serious injuries.
- “Rescue operations are almost over. We don’t expect to find any more survivors,” said an official. Rescuers worked through the night with cranes, saws and jackhammers to look for those who may be trapped in debris.
- Army and disaster response personnel sifted through the rubble overnight, armed with concrete and metal cutters, drilling machines and heat cameras to detect life.
- Three cranes working overnight managed to clear some of the wreckage and free access to vehicles with people still inside.
- The two-kilometre bridge has been under construction since 2009 and has missed several deadlines for completion.
- The company was given an 18-month deadline and a budget of nearly Rs. 165 crore to complete the project in 2009, but after seven years, only about 60 percent of the work has been done.
- Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said those responsible for the disaster would not be spared and blamed the previous Left government that had awarded the flyover contract in 2007.