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1 dead, 25 hurt in Kolkata bridge collapse

The 40-year-old bridge in the crowded Alipore area caved in during rush hour over rail tracks.

Train movement was temporarily suspended on the Majerhat road after the bridge collapse.

The Railway Ministry, however, said the maintenance of the collapsed portion of the bridge was not under railway jurisdiction.

President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his concern in a tweet. He said, “Sorry to learn of the partial collapse of the Majerhat bridge in Kolkata. Thoughts and prayers with the bereaved families, and with
those injured in the tragic incident.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his tweet termed the incident as “deeply unfortunate” and hoped for the speedy recovery of the injured.

Home minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee about the incident.

The CM stressed that her government’s priority was rescue and relief work. She added the state government will bear the cost of treatment of the injured. She also announced a
compensation of Rs. 5 lakh to the family of the dead and Rs 50,000 each to the injured.

West Bengal Governor who took stock of the situation expressed grief over the incident and said that a probe would be instituted.


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