Another bridge collapses in West Bengal, one injured in Siliguri mishap; second incident in three days

An old bridge collapsed near Siliguri in north Bengal Friday, leaving a truck driver injured, a state minister said. This is the second incident of bridge collapse in the state in three days.

Press Trust of India September 07, 2018 16:15:55 IST
Another bridge collapses in West Bengal, one injured in Siliguri mishap; second incident in three days

Siliguri: An old bridge collapsed near Siliguri in north Bengal Friday, leaving a truck driver injured, a state minister said. This is the second incident of bridge collapse in the state in three days. The Majerhat Bridge collapsed in South Kolkata on 4 September, killing three persons and injuring 24.

Another bridge collapses in West Bengal one injured in Siliguri mishap second incident in three days

Bridge collapses in Siliguri, West Bengal. ANI

The middle portion of the structure near Siliguri collapsed on a canal below at around 9.30 am when a truck was crossing it and the vehicle is stuck in the broken portion of the bridge. The bridge connects Manganj and Phansidewa areas to Siliguri, a major city in north Bengal. Phansidewa is around 22 km from Siliguri.

"The movement of loaded trucks is banned on this bridge but many such vehicles bound for north-eastern states continue to take that bridge. This accident is a result of that," North Bengal Development Minister Rabindranath Ghosh said. He said this bridge was constructed long back and papers of the structure are not available. Repair work of the bridge will be undertaken after the PWD prepares a report, he said.

Tourism Minister Gautam Deb said the bridge was maintained by the Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad (a sub-divisional body), run by the CPM-led Left Front. "I will report to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee," Deb said. Engineers and state government officials have rushed to the spot.

Senior CPM leader of Darjeeling district Jibesh Sarkar accused the Trinamool Congress government and the district administration of ignoring repeated pleas to repair the bridge. "We had informed the state and the local administration that it needs to be repaired. But as it is a Left-run Mahakuma Parishad, funds were not released by the government," Sarkar told PTI.

An under-construction flyover also collapsed at Phansidewa on 11 August, but there had been no casualty. The chief minister Thursday said nation-wide survey of bridges should be undertaken. She said there are 20 bridges in and around Kolkata which have crossed their expiry dates.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

West Bengal Assembly Election: Mamata Banerjee to contest from Nandigram against turncoat Suvendu Adhikari
Politics

West Bengal Assembly Election: Mamata Banerjee to contest from Nandigram against turncoat Suvendu Adhikari

Banerjee, hitting out at Adhikari and other TMC leaders who jumped ship to the BJP, said she will not allow them to 'sell out' the state

West Bengal polls 2021: Relying on defectors will exacerbate existing tensions, BJP will have to reinvent itself
Politics

West Bengal polls 2021: Relying on defectors will exacerbate existing tensions, BJP will have to reinvent itself

The AIMIM foray may not amount to much in Bengal, given the distinctly Bengali identity of Bengali Muslims. Nevertheless, that will play into the equation. But BJP can't rely on Owaisi to mount a challenge to the TMC, especially with Banerjee’s latest slew of welfare schemes pulling a lot of popular heft.

Mamata Banerjee accuses BJP of insulting Netaji by raising 'Jai Shri Ram' slogans
Politics

Mamata Banerjee accuses BJP of insulting Netaji by raising 'Jai Shri Ram' slogans

Banerjee refused to speak at an event on Saturday attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to observe Subhas Chandra Bose's 125th birth anniversary after being greeted by chants of 'Jai Shri Ram'