Live: Rahul Gandhi likely to visit Kolkata flyover accident site tomorrow; death toll rises to 24

Apr, 01 2016 IST

Live: Rahul Gandhi likely to visit Kolkata flyover accident site tomorrow; death toll rises to 24
  • 17:28 (IST)

    Strict action will be taken against those responsible for Kolkata flyover collapse, TMC leader Derek O'Brien told CNN-IBN.

  • 17:15 (IST)

    Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi likely to visit Kolkata flyover accident site tomorrow, CNN IBN reported.

  • 16:34 (IST)

    Residents of Kolkata on Friday paid homage to the people killed after an under-construction flyover collapsed in North Kolkata near Ganesh Talkies (Girish Park) on Thursday afternoon, ANI reported. A group of people gathered at the tragedy site to offer prayers for the people who lost their lives. At least 24 people were killed and over 100 are expected to be injured in the tragedy.

  • 16:33 (IST)

    Brigadier Harish Kukreja on Friday said that the rescue work is in final stage and it seems no more survivors or bodies are left under the bridge. He also appreciated the NDRF, civil administration and other teams for their co-ordination throughout the mission. He added that most of the area has been cleared up and the operation is still underway, ANI reported.

  • 16:33 (IST)

    Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Friday demanded the state government to hand over the Kolkata flyover case to the CBI. He also said that CBI will look into the matter seriously. He added that the Centre is already providing all the possible help in the rescue operation.

  • 15:45 (IST)

    Kolkata bridge contractor IVRCL has projects in Maha, Sena wants probe

    Doubts were raised on the construction quality of several projects of IVRCL after the unfortunate collapse in Kolkata. Incidentally, IVRCL has undertaken projects in Maharashtra as well. 

    The firm is involved in several road projects in districts like Pune, Satara, Yavatmal, Chandrapur, Wardha, The Hindustan Times reported. It has also bagged several irrigation projects in the state. IVRCL's website shows that it has a share of public infrastructure contracts in several states including Andhra Pradhesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat.

    Shiv Sena demanded that all projects, ongoing and otherwise, in the state undertaken by IVRCL or its joint venture with other firms should be probed on technical soundness. Pratap Sarnaik, Sena legislator said, "IVRCL in JV with other firms is currently constructing several projects in Maharashtra and all these should be reviewed by the government by technical experts to ensure that there is no repeat of accidents on the lines of the Kolkata bridge."

  • 15:37 (IST)

    'Rescue ops almost over'

    "Rescue operations are almost over. We don't expect to find any more survivors," said an official. Rescuers worked through the night with cranes, saws and jackhammers to look for those who may be trapped in debris.


    Army and disaster response personnel sifted through the rubble overnight, armed with concrete and metal cutters, drilling machines and heat cameras to detect life.


    Three cranes working overnight managed to clear some of the wreckage and free access to vehicles with people still inside.

  • 15:30 (IST)

    IVRCL official hints blast could have been the reason for the collapse

    As the death toll in the flyover collapse increased to 24 on Friday, a local Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandopadhyay courted a fresh controversy on Friday by saying that the flyover should have been "remodelled." Bandopadhyay added that it was not done as the investment was already made into the project.

    "My opinion is that it would have been better if it (flyover) was remodelled," the MP, who visited the site of accident, was quoted as saying by The Hindu.

    Speaking to journalists the MP said that the project should not have been approved at the first place and there was lot of issues among the locals regarding it.

    Meanwhile, legal advisor to IVRCL Sheela Peddinti made an obscure remark and hinted that a blast could have been the reason behind the collapse. "The glass was shattered. It could have been a blast," Peddinti said on Friday.

    Pedestrians and cars were crushed under concrete slabs and metal when a 60-metre portion of the flyover suddenly fell at lunchtime at Burrabazar in central Kolkata. Around 90 were rescued, many with serious injuries.

  • 15:16 (IST)

    Reports said that forensic Team arrived at the site of the flyover collapse to collect samples. However, TV reports said that the forensic team arrived after multiple reminders. "After 24 hours they are finally here," a bystander was quoted as saying by Times Now.

  • 13:04 (IST)

    Collapse was an accident, claims IVRCL

    At the receiving end of strongly-worded allegations, IVRCL addressed a press conference, in which the firm maintained that the incident was 'an accident.' The company said it has no information about the FIR and that it has not been served on them

  • 12:46 (IST)

  • 11:55 (IST)

    Death toll rises to 24

    The death toll in the Kolkata flyover collapse has increased to 24, PTI reported. Armymen along with disaster management officials pulled out three more bodies from underneath the rubble.

  • 11:39 (IST)

    West Bengal CM's reaction appalling, says BJP

    The day after the flyover collapse in Kolkata, the BJP has also joined the political war of words over the incident. The party's leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has termed West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee's reaction to the collapse as 'appalling.' 

    Terming the collapse as an instance of criminal negligence, Naqvi said, "This is definitely not an act of God."

  • 10:29 (IST)

  • 20:40 (IST)

    Rescue operation to continue through the night (NDTV)

    Rescue dogs, thermal detectors being used in rescue operation. Six teams currently at the spot, operation to continue through the night, says NDRF chief.

  • 20:08 (IST)

    The death toll might be as high as 22 following the flyover collapse in Kolkata according to a Hindustan Times report.

  • 20:00 (IST)

    Omar Abdullah calls for safety audit in Jammu and Kashmir

    In the wake of collapse of the under-construction flyover in Kolkata, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday suggested a safety audit at flyover construction sites in the twin capitals of the state to prevent any such mishap.

    "The accident at the construction site of the flyover in Kolkata earlier this afternoon is extremely unfortunate. My sympathies and prayers go out to those injured and to the families of those killed in this tragic accident,” Omar wrote on his Facebook page.

    Read more here.

  • 19:57 (IST)

    Three FIRs registered against the IVRCL infrastructure company

  • 18:25 (IST)

    Death toll rises to 17

    Death toll rises to 17 as rescue team workers pull out cars at the site of the collapse. Army deployed to assist in rescue efforts, reports Sujanya, Firstpost correspondent from Kolkata. 

  • 18:06 (IST)

    Will take care of all the expenses of all the injured; need to first focus on rescue operation: Mamata Banerjee

  • 18:03 (IST)

    Rescue teams working to pull out cars, huge deployment of army

    Rescue teams are working to pull out cars at the site of collapse. Huge deployment of army as the place remains chaotic, reports SujanyaFirstpost correspondent from Kolkata. 

    The accident site has been cordoned off and public has been asked to vacate the area for rescue. A minibus and a school bus are still trapped under the fallen flyover.

    The toll has not yet risen and there is also no update on how many are trapped under the rubble. 

  • 17:50 (IST)

    Strong action against those responsible: Mamata Banerjee (CNN IBN)

    This is a serious matter and case of gross negligence. Will take strong action against those responsible, says West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.

  • 17:36 (IST)

    15 dead, over 50 injured: Mamata Banerjee

  • 17:22 (IST)

    I have apprised PM Modi of the situation

    Rescue workers said five policemen who were in a kiosk under the flyover are trapped but alive and have been given water through a gap in the concrete debris while they await rescue. According to NDTV, another policeman who was manning traffic under the structure, recounted how he narrowly escaped.  


    Reports quoted Anurag Gupta, National Disaster Management Authority spokesman, as saying that it was unclear how many people were still trapped under the debris but said "pedestrians as well as vehicles came under the falling flyover".

    Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was quoted as saying, "PM called me up and I apprised him of the rescue operations.."

  • 17:05 (IST)

  • 17:01 (IST)

  • 17:01 (IST)

    It was nothing but God's act

    ANI quoted IVRCL Infrastructure company's spokesperson KP Rao as saying, "45% work was left, one girder missed & second one fell. it is nothing but God's act." 

  • 16:56 (IST)

    IVRCL shares fall by 11%

    Infrastructure company IVRCL (IVRC.NS) was building the Vivekananda Road flyover, according to its web site. Its shares were down 6 percent after falling as much as 11.8 percent on news of the disaster.


    Immediately after the incident, employees of the company left their office in Hyderabad.

  • 16:53 (IST)

    Vivekananda flyover - Problematic since its inception 

    The Vivekananda flyover has been facing issues since the operations began in December 2009. The construction is years behind schedule and as of March 2016, over 25 percent of the work was still pending, said this report in The Times of India.

    The Rs 164-crore project was supposed to be completed by 2012 but issues with land acquisition has delayed its completion. The Times of India report further added that the project that was to be completed by March 2016 was scheduled for August 2016 for completion.

    The design has been changed several times and the residents living around the construction even went to court as the flyover was inching dangerously close to their homes.

  • 16:49 (IST)

    Shocked and saddened

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed shock and sadness over the loss of lives in the flyover collapse in Kolkata and instructed all possible central help in rescue and relief operations.

    "Shocked & saddened by collapse of under-construction flyover in Kolkata. Took stock of the situation & rescue operations," Modi, who is in the US on an official visit, tweeted.

    "My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in Kolkata. May the injured recover at the earliest," he added in another tweet.

    Sources said the Prime Minister is in touch with officials in Delhi and has instructed all possible assistance to be extended by Army and NDRF in rescue and relief operations.

  • 16:47 (IST)

    Watch: The flyover collapsed at a traffic signal

  • 16:43 (IST)

    Shocking footage of the collapse

    Latest footage on CNN-IBN, which has been sourced from a local channel in Kolkata, shows the collapse of the flyover.

    Our correspondent in Kolkata, Sujanjya says that the three pillars that supported the flyover, which was under-construction, collapsed at a traffic signal. 

  • 16:24 (IST)

    Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi demands CBI inquiry

    "This is a clear case of corruption, there should be a CBI inquiry into this," ANI quoted Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi as saying.

  • 16:18 (IST)

    Helpline numbers

    The toll-free helpline number is 1070. Other helpline numbers are 22143526, 22535185, 22145664.

  • 16:17 (IST)

    NDRF teams working on the spot: Rajnath

  • 16:14 (IST)

    Shocked and saddened by collapse of flyover: PM Modi

  • 16:08 (IST)

    Troops deployed warn that another part of bridge may collapse

    Sources told Firstpost that the troops deployed at the site have warned that the adjoining part of the flyover might collapse. The troops have also told the people to clear the roads underneath.

  • 16:00 (IST)

    Army sends another ambulance

    According to ANI, the army has sent another ambulance with medics, four recovery vehicles and seven water bowsers to the site.

  • 15:59 (IST)

    "The MHA, disaster management agencies always take cognisance of such incidents. The central government has been forthcoming even in the past when there was a natural calamity like this," Union Minister Jitendra Singh said.

  • 15:54 (IST)

    A company called IVRCL had been awarded the contract for the flyover in 2009

    According to this 2014 report in The Telegraph, a company called IVRCL was awarded the contract for the flyover on 24 February, 2009 with an 18-month deadline and a budget of Rs 164 crore.

    But even in 2014, IVRCL, which had been contracted by the Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) to build the flyover, had told the state government that "it was in a difficult position to complete the project that is already running 42 months behind schedule with only 69 per cent of the work done so far."

  • 15:47 (IST)

    Vehicles are stuck under debris

  • 15:46 (IST)

    14 dead, 78 injured

  • 15:44 (IST)

    Death toll rises to 14

    According to news reports, the death toll in this tragedy has now climbed to 14.

  • 15:43 (IST)

    News of flyover collapse extremely tragic: Rahul Gandhi

  • 15:37 (IST)

    We will send more NDRF teams if necessary: Kiren Rijiju

    "Our team is in contact with the West Bengal government. NDRF teams have been dispatched. We will send more NDRF teams and para-military forces if necessary," said MoS Home Kiren Rijiju.

    "It was a very crowded place. It is a very sad news for us. We will provide whatever support is needed," he further said.

    "State government is already doing whatever is necessary. Central forces are there to take part in the rescue operation," he added.

    "There is a quite a substantial number of casualties. Everything will be done as per the requirements...Monetary requirements are not the priority right now. Rescue and relief is top priority," Rijiju said.

    "Any development projects need to incorporate disaster mitigation concept," he said.

  • 15:33 (IST)

    Several hawkers operated under the flyover

    Several passenger vehicles, including a bus, were trapped under the debris, as operations were on to clear the rubble and bring out those trapped under.

    Huge cranes and other rescue vehicles were pressed into service to clear the debris and bring out the injured.

    A PTI correspondent who was at the accident site, saw a number of severely injured persons lying in a pool of blood.

    At least a few persons were seen trapped under vehicles, concrete and heavy steel girders.

    The incident took place at around noon at the busy Rabindra Sarani-K K Tagore Street crossing near Burrabazar, the trading hub and one of the most congested areas in the city.

    A number of hawkers operate under the flyover which is also used for parking several vehicles. - PTI

  • 15:27 (IST)

    Several hawkers operated under the flyover

    Several passenger vehicles, including a bus, were trapped under the debris, as operations were on to clear the rubble and bring out those trapped under.

    Huge cranes and other rescue vehicles were pressed into service to clear the debris and bring out the injured.

    A PTI correspondent who was at the accident site, saw a number of severely injured persons lying in a pool of blood.

    At least a few persons were seen trapped under vehicles, concrete and heavy steel girders.

    The incident took place at around noon at the busy Rabindra Sarani-K K Tagore Street crossing near Burrabazar, the trading hub and one of the most congested areas in the city.

    A number of hawkers operate under the flyover which is also used for parking several vehicles. - PTI

  • 15:23 (IST)

    NDRF DG briefs Rajnath

    According to India Today TV, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has spoken to NDRF DG. CRPF personnel have also joined the rescue operations.

  • 15:21 (IST)

    Army reaches tragedy site

  • 15:19 (IST)

    No information on death toll: NDRF

    "Our priority is that those who are alive under the debris should be rescued. All kinds of cutters are being used to make an entry," ANI quoted OP Singh, NDRF DG, as saying. "We dont have the death toll or information on how many are injured. 100 metres of the bridge have collapsed."

An under-construction flyover collapsed near Ganesh Talkies in Girish Park, north Kolkata on Thursday. Ten people have been killed and several people are feared to be trapped under the debris after the Vivekananda Setu flyover collapsed, according to CNN-IBN.

Traffic has come to a standstill and rescue operations are on. Many passenger vehicles, trucks and rickshaws were seen under the debris but it was not immediately known as to how many people were trapped.

Image courtesy: CNN-IBN

Image courtesy: CNN-IBN

"The bridge collapsed. I think atleast 150 people are under the debris," ANI quoted an eye-witness as saying.

Firefighters and residents were trying with their bare hands to rescue those trapped under the wreckage of the metal-and-cement structure.

Television footage from the scene showed a bloody hand reaching out from under what appeared to be a massive girder. People were trying to hand bottles of water to survivors pinned underneath.

"The condition is pathetic. At this moment no one has any clue how many people are trapped," said Raichand Mohta, a police officer at the scene.

There was little sign of a coordinated rescue operation, with access for heavy lifting equipment restricted by the proximity of buildings on either side of the flyover and heavy traffic.

Some people who were rescued with injuries were admitted to hospital.

Disaster Management Groups and officials of Kolkata Police and Fire and Emergency Services are at the spot, according to DNA. Gas cutters are also being used to save trapped people.

Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force comprising about 80 personnel have rushed to the flyover collapse spot.

NDRF Director General OP Singh said in Delhi that the teams are being sent from their local base at Rajarhat, near the Kolkata airport.

The accident spot is about 13 kms from the NDRF base.

"The teams are well equipped to immediately conduct rescue operations. They will do that exactly as soon as they reach," Singh said.

According to reports, the flyover was being constructed by the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority. According to Times Now, the project was supposed to be finished in 2010 but was delayed.

The flyover has been under construction since 2009 and the project had missed several deadlines, reported India Today.

According to this 2014 report in The Telegraph, a company called IVRCL was awarded the contract for the flyover on 24 February, 2009 with an 18-month deadline and a budget of Rs 164 crore.

But even in 2014, IVRCL, which had been contracted by the Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) to build the flyover, had told the state government that "it was in a difficult position to complete the project that is already running 42 months behind schedule with only 69 per cent of the work done so far."

A similar incident had taken place in May 2013, when a huge portion of a flyover on the eastern side of Kolkata had collapsed, leaving three persons injured, police had said.

Girish Park metro station is a major transport hub in Kolkata, because of which the area is generally crowded. The area also houses many residential and commercial buildings.

(With agency inputs)


Published Date: Apr 01, 2016 05:13 pm | Updated Date: Apr 01, 2016 05:14 pm

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