Varanasi flyover collapse: 15 dead, 11 injured; committee to file probe report in 48 hours

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: May 16, 2018, 11:12 AM IST

FIle photo. Photograph:(ANI)

15 people have been feared dead and 11 injured after an under-construction bridge in Varanasi collapsed on Tuesday. 

The doctors have informed that the injured are now out of danger and have been referred to BHU.

After being held responsible for the incident, chief project manager HC Tiwari, project manager KR Sudan, assistant engineer Rajesh Singh and engineer Lal Chand have been suspended with immediate effect.

Two concert beams fell off 40-foot-high pillars on Tuesday evening taking the crawling traffic with it between Cantonment railway station and Lahartara rail over-bridge. 

At present 7 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) continue rescue and relief operations and 3 members of the high-level committee have set up to investigate the incident.

The state government has also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh and Rs 2 lakh for the deceased and injured respectively. 

The relief commissioner said bodies of at least 16 people were recovered from the site while three people were safely rescued. The injured have been sent for treatment at Kabir Chaura Hospital.

CM Yogi Adityanath has announced that a committee has also been constituted which will hand out a report in 48 hours. He also announced that Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya has taken preliminary action against responsible authorities.

Raj Pratap Singh, member of the committee constituted by UP government who is to probing the case said on Wednesday: "I can't say anything at this moment. Until we complete the investigation, talk to everyone & check all the records, it won't be right to say anything."

Pictures from the site showed gruesome images of crushed cars with their occupants still in them. 

Nine vehicles, including a bus, two SUVs, two cars, auto and two-wheelers lay in a twisted, mangled heap, triggering panic and chaos in the peak evening hours.

Adityanath met the victims of Varanasi under-construction flyover collapse incident on Tuesday. While PM Modi offered his condolences.