Kolkata, March 31: The collapse of the under-construction bridge in Jorasanko area of North Kolkata on Thursday was an act of God, said its builders, according to reports. They said the bridge was being built for four-and-half years and no accident had ever taken place.
Fifteen people were reportedly killed while several were injured after a huge chunk of the structure fell down in the congested area around 12.30 pm. Several vehicles, including a minibus, was trapped under the debris. [Kolkata mishap: Several killed after flyover collapses]
Army personnel and disaster relief teams were working to clean up the mess. The local people were also helping them. [Kolkata bridge was being made in hurry?]
The Opposition leaders, meanwhile, lashed out at the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) for the tragedy. While the Conrgess said the police had taken a long time to respond to the tragedy, a former Left minister said the flyover was being contructed in a hurry to be inaugurated before the elections starting next month. [Kolkata flyover mishap: Twitter reaction]
The ruling TMC put the blame on the previous Left Front government, saying the work on the flyover had started during their time. [Shameless politics over Kolkata tragedy]
Five policemen who got trapped under the debris were alive, said reports.