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Death toll rises to 22 in Kota bridge collapse

Last Updated: Saturday, December 26, 2009 - 19:24

Kota: With the recovery of 15 more bodies
on Saturday from the debris of an under-construction bridge over
Chambal river, the death toll has risen to 22 even as the two
officials arrested in connection with the collapse were
remanded in police custody for five days.

The bridge over Chambal river had collapsed on Thursday
"Fifteen more dead bodies have been pulled out till
evening today and around 20 others are still missing," IG Kota
Range Rajeev Dasot told agency.

According to the officer, efforts are underway to locate
the missing labourers who were working at the site.

In the rescue operation, 200 labourers, 200 policemen, 50
officials, 80 Army Jawans, 20 experts from calamity relief
management of Gujarat and naval divers are engaged.

Meanwhile, the two arrested officials-- chief project
manager of Hyundai Engineering and Construction and deputy
project manager of Gammon India--were produced before a local
court here which sent them to five-day police remand.
Kota police has also registered a case against 14
officials of Gammon and Hyundai in connection with the

On the other hand, NHAI member Subhash Patel said here
that both the companies will continue to execute the project.

He also showed confidence in working ability of both the
companies and said human error might have led to the collapse
as there was no doubt about the designing technology.


First Published: Saturday, December 26, 2009 - 19:24
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