Majerhat bridge collapses in Kolkata

Infrastructure/Development News From States

Kolkata: A section of an over 50-year-old bridge on the arterial Diamond Harbour Road in Kolkata collapsed on Tuesday evening, 4th September, killing one person, trapping many others, and crushing several vehicles, according to police officials.

The Majerhat bridge in the crowded Alipore area caved in around 4:45pm during rush hour. It runs over the Majerhat Railway Station and connects the city centre with the heavily populated Behala, the vast area of the south-west suburbs and neighboring South 24 Parganas district.

Opposition leaders blamed lack of maintenance by the state Public Works Department (PWD) for the collapse, while chief minister Mamata Banerjee ordered a probe and said that those whose negligence caused the disaster would be punished.

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