Two un­der-con­struc­tion flyovers col­lapse in Ben­gal, UP; probes on

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - HTNATION - Pramod Giri and Agen­cies let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.co

SILIGURI/LUC­KNOW: An un­der-con­struc­tion fly­over col­lapsed in Phan­sid­ewa, north Ben­gal on Satur­day morn­ing while a ma­jor por­tion of an un­der-con­struc­tion fly­over in Basti dis­trict of Ut­tar Pradesh also col­lapsed on the same day, po­lice said.

No ca­su­al­ties were re­ported from Phan­sid­ewa, while one labourer was in­jured in Basti.

The fly­over in Ben­gal is part of the 3,300 km East-west Cor­ri­dor con­nect­ing Por­ban­dar in Gu­jarat and Silchar in As­sam col­lapsed and passes through Is­lam­pur, Siliguri, Jal­paig­uri and Alipur­d­uar in north Ben­gal. The one in UP was also be­ing con­structed by the Na­tional High­way Author­ity of In­dia (NHAI).

“The in­ci­dent took place in the morn­ing in which a labourer on night-shift duty was in­jured,” said Basti Dis­trict Mag­is­trate Raj Shekhar.

Dar­jeel­ing dis­trict mag­is­trate Joyoshi Das­gupta mean­while has or­dered a probe af­ter the col­lapse. “An en­quiry has been or­dered. I can­not com­ment im­me­di­ately on what led to the col­lapse of a por­tion of the fly­over,” he said.

NHAI project di­rec­tor for the north­ern di­vi­sion has also been asked to ini­ti­ate a probe into the Basti col­lapse .

The state gov­ern­ments were also quick to re­spond to the col­lapses. Ut­tar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has di­rected dis­trict au­thor­i­ties to en­sure that the in­jured man gets prompt and ad­e­quate treat­ment, a gov­ern­ment spokesman said.

Dar­jeel­ing dis­trict Tri­namool Congress pres­i­dent and state tourism min­is­ter Gau­tam Deb also said, “This is a part of the East West cor­ri­dor. The NHAI is in charge of it. They have to look into why the mishap took place

Su­man ban­er­jee, an en­gi­neer with the in­fra­struc­ture com­pany build­ing the fly­over in West Ben­gal said, “We are look­ing into the pos­si­ble rea­sons.”

PTI

An aerial view of the flood­hit ar­eas of Ker­ala that were in­un­dated af­ter heavy rain­fall.

HT, PTI

(From left) The caved in part of a fly­over at Ben­gal’s Phan­sid­ewa; The fly­over that col­lapsed in UP’S Basti on Satur­day.

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