Varanasi Overpass Collapse LIVE Updates: Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath said he asked Deputy Prime Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya to personally monitor the rescue and relief efforts. At a press conference, he also said that a committee has been set up to investigate the incident and present a report within 48 hours
Part of an overpass built by a state-owned company collapsed on a busy road in Varanasi Together Tuesday, killed at least 18 people, as it crushes a mini-bus, cars and two-wheelers.
Officials feared that the toll could rise.
Hours later, it was still believed under the rubble of the overpass with several cranes are being used to lift the concrete beam, which crashed at 1
According to reports, at least 20 people were injured in the accident just under 100 meters from Varanasi Cantonment railway station. 19659002] A mini bus and four cars came under the plate, officials said. Eight to ten two-wheelers have also been included, police general OP Singh said.
Residents said that cyclists and pedestrians also use the part of the road that is narrowed because of construction activity. Uttar Pradesh Auxiliary Commissioner Sanjay Kumar said 18 bodies were pulled out.
Five teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) with about 250 employees rushed to the scene of the accident.
A NDRF official said at least three people had been rescued. Rescue workers used metal cutting machines to rescue people trapped in their vehicles.
The Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation Ltd. is building the 2.261 meter long bridge at a price of 129 rupees, officials said. The period that fell on Tuesday was laid barely three months ago, they added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who represents Varanasi in the Lok Sabha, expressed his sadness over the deaths while the opposition denounced the government of Uttar Pradesh for tragedy in the "constituency with the highest priority in the country"
The tragedy resembles the Overpass collapse in Kolkata two years ago, when over 25 people were killed.
Uttar Pradesh's Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced a three-part investigation committee into the accident and filed his report within 48 hours.
Deputy Prime Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya left Lakhnau for Varanasi, an official spokesman said.
"Very saddened by the loss of life as a result of the collapse of a subsurface, I pray that the injured will soon recover, and I talked to the officials and asked them to give all the support they could," tweeted Modi.
In another tweet, the Prime Minister said he had spoken with Adityanath. "The Uttar Pradesh government is watching the situation very closely and is working on-site to help those affected," he said.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Governor Ram Naik, and Union Home Secretary Rajnath Singh covered up the deaths. The opposition leader of the Samajwadi party, Akhilesh Yadav, attacked the state government, suggesting that corruption had led to tragedy.
"This is the reality of development in the highest priority country constituency Ministers of state visited this district Regular inspections Is this incident an accident or consequence of corruption? That should be said to the people of Varanasi by the state government" said the party leader of Samajwadi.
Yadav appealed to his party workers to collaborate with the administration in facilitating rescue operations. The accident should be examined "honestly", he demanded.
The state government probe will be led by Agriculture Production Commissioner Raj Pratap Singh and will include the head of the Irrigation Department, Bhupendra Singh, and Jal Nigam MD Rajesh Mittal, Home Secretary Arvind, Kumar said.
With input from PTI