Kolkata Flyover Builder Hints At Bomb Blast Possibility: 10 Developments

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April 1: 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.

  1. A 60-metre-long portion of the flyover came crashing down on pedestrians and vehicles on a road in Burrabazaar, one of the city’s oldest and busiest areas, on Thursday. Around 90 people were rescued from the rubble.
  2. “Rescue operations are almost over. No one is trapped,” said an official. Rescuers worked through the night with cranes, saws and jackhammers to look for those who may be trapped in debris.
  3. CCTV visuals showed the moment when the bridge suddenly collapsed on moving traffic during lunchtime, crushing pedestrians, cars and other vehicles under huge concrete slabs and metal.
  4. Army and disaster response personnel sifted through the rubble overnight armed with concrete and metal cutters, drilling machines and heat cameras to detect life.
  5. Three cranes working overnight managed to clear some of the wreckage and free access to vehicles with people still inside.
  6. A Kolkata police team has reached Hyderabad to arrest officials of the IVRCL group, which was contracted to build the flyover. Five officials of the company have been detained in Kolkata, police commissioner Rajeev Kumar told reporters.
  7. “This is just an accident,” the builders said at a press conference today. Yesterday, a top official of the company had called the flyover collapse an ‘act of God’.
  8. The two-kilometre bridge has been under construction since 2009 and has missed several deadlines for completion.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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