Under construction flyover collapses in Varanasi, deaths feared

Varanasi flyover collapse Woman has narrow escape loses husband son

Work on the flyover between Chauka Ghat bus stand and Lahartara had been initiated during the Samajwadi Party rule.

Varanasi is popular with both pilgrims and tourists. In another incident, six labourers were injured when an under-construction bridge being built across Kakatte river at Pandikadavu (Karnataka) in Srimangala police station limits collapsed on April 21.

Varanasi, in northern India, is the parliamentary constituency of Narendra Modi, the prime minister. Local administration was providing emergency services.

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DGP OP Singh was quoted by media reports as saying: "We are in the process of evacuating the 50 people trapped under the debris. A majority of the people trapped are suspected to be the construction workers".

It was not clear how many people were in the vehicles.

The general secretary of the UP Engineers Association, SS Niranjan, when contacted, said that unlike the other cases in Varanasi an important factor was also of traffic management which can not be undermined. The PM expressed his condolences and support to the people of Varanasi. "The death toll is 15 and people injured are 11".

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The government has announced ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the families of the deceased and Rs 2 lakh for the injured.

The flyover has been under-construction since 2016 at an estimated total cost of Rs 129 crores. He has directed his deputy to visit the accident site. "A committee has also been constituted which will give a report in 48 hours", he added. Albeit a probe is on to ascertain what led to the disaster, Uttar Pradesh Congress president Raj Babbar on Wednesday put forward a freakish reasoning. Since the BJP government came to power, pressure was being mounted on the concerned Bridge Corporation for an earlier completion of the work.

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