Kolkata: One more body was recovered on the early hours of Thursday from the site of Majerhat bridge collapse in South Kolkata, taking the death toll to three. An NDRF official said the search and rescue operations for the survivors have ended but clearance work is underway.
The second body was found at the spot on Wednesday. A portion of the flyover bridge in Majerhat collapsed on Tuesday evening, trapping several vehicles and leaving many people injured including some who are still critical.
A youth named Soumen Bagh, a resident of Silpara area in South Kolkata’s Behala, was declared dead on Tuesday night following the bridge collapse.
“The operation has ended now. We have recovered two bodies from the site of the bridge collapse. Five teams of NDRF teams were working at the site since the evening of September 4 till today morning,” said SS Khatri, Deputy Commandant, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited the collapse site on Wednesday and said the accident will be investigated by a high-level committee led by the state Chief Secretary Malay de.
She also said a compensation of Rs 5 lakh would be given to the families of the deceased persons while the critically injured would get Rs 50 thousand each. Stating that a high-level meeting will be held at the state secretariat Nabanna on Thursday, Banerjee said the technical details of the possible reasons for the bridge collapse will be discussed at length there.
She added that her government will conduct surveys of the condition of the bridges in the state at regular intervals.The traffic in large parts of south Kolkata and South 24 Parganas district remained largely affected, a Kolkata Traffic Control official said.