Bridge collapse: One more body found, toll climbs to 36

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 21:40

Jaipur: One more body was recovered on Wednesday
from the debris of an under-construction bridge that collapsed
over Chambal river here, pushing the death toll to 36 in the
deadly accident.

"In the evening, rescuers extricated a mutilated body
from the rubble," Kota Collector T Ravikant said.

Eleven people were still missing and believed to be
trapped under the concrete.

A team of National Disaster Relief Force from Ahmedabad
is, at present, engaged in removing debris from the accident
site.

Forty-seven people were engaged in work when the bridge,
which was under construction, collapsed over river Chambal on
Thursday.

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI)_has given
a clean chit to two construction firms -- Gammon India and
Hyundai Engineering -- in connection with crumbling of the
bridge.

"We have not found Gammon India and Hyundai guilty,"
NHAI chairman Brijeshawar Singh told reporters at the scene of
the accident on Monday night.

There were "some technical reasons" behind the collapse,
he had said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 21:40

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