Several Feared Trapped
One killed, 11 injured as under-construction flyover caves in
- TEAM PT
One killed, 11 injured as under-construction flyover caves in



A portion of an under- construction flyover collapsed near Bomikhal in Odisha's capital Bhubaneswar, killing at least one man and injuring 11 persons, official sources said. 
 
About three-four persons were suspected to be trapped under the rubble, they added.

Around 15 labourers were working on the flyover when the structure collapsed on them in the afternoon.
 
Officials said the centering used to support the concrete slab collapsed while the slab was being laid connecting two of the pillars on Cuttack Road in Bomikhal area of the city. While a dozen workers on the bridge fell down, those under were hurt. The collapsed portion was part of a railway overbridge.
 
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed grief at the incident and announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia for the next of kin of the deceased and free treatment for the injured.

"An exemplary punishment will be meted out to those found guilty," he said.

Satya Patnaik, a 39-year-old businessman, was killed as he, along with his daughter Sheetal, was under the flyover when it caved it, Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC), Central Division, A B Otta told reporters.

Patnaik's daughter was seriously injured and admitted to the AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, the RDC said.

The rest of the injured have been admitted to the Capital Hospital, AIIMS and various other hospitals.
 
The under-construction flyover project was under public works department held by the chief minister himself. The work is was being executed by Panda Infra. Work on the overbridge has been going on at a snail’s pace. Public Works Department secretary Nalinikant Pradhan said two engineers have already been suspended.

10 fire tenders, three units of ODRAF have launched a massive search and rescue operation at the spot. Senior officials informed that cutters, cranes from Cuttack have also been sought to expedite the ongoing operations.

Bhubaneswar police commissioner YB Khurania said rescue operation are going on at full swing on the spot. "The contractors will be arrested soon and held responsible for this criminal negligence.”

The BJP and Congress blamed the Naveen Patnaik for the tragedy.

"We have been complaining about the sub-standard work of the flyover. Even we had submitted memorandum to the chief minister through his work secretary Nalinikanta Pradhan. The chief minister who is the works minister never took our complaint seriously. Instead, he allowed the contractor and the public works department to change the original drawing of the flyover for inflating the project cost. This is a huge scam and needs to be investigated by CBI,” said BJP vice president Sameer Mohanty.

Congress leader Suresh Kumar Routray said the construction work was going on at slow pace for over 10 years and there was deliberate neglect to escalate the project cost for political funding.






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