Death toll rises to 26 in Kota bridge collapse
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Last Updated: Sunday, December 27, 2009, 15:47
Kota: The collapse of an under-construction bridge over Chambal river is prima-facie a case of "human negligence," the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) said, giving a clean chit to the construction companies in the incident which has claimed at least 26 lives.

Thursday's bridge collapse under East-West Corridor project "is prima-facie a case of human negligence with little possibility of technical fault or of design" Subash Patel, director in technical board of NHAI told reporters during his visit to the rescue site yesterday.

Giving a clean chit to the two construction companies -- Gammon India and Hyundai -- Patel said, "We express our trust and confidence in their capacity" and that "the same companies will carry on the work."

Meanwhile, a committee of experts has been set up to investigate the reasons behind the collapse. The rescue work is expected to continue for over one-and-a-half-month as 8,000 tones of concrete had fallen with the iron structure of the bridge into the river, he said, adding the hanging bridge project would now be completed by 2011.

NHAI has also announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the next of the kin of the deceased, he said.

A senior official of Gammon India, Rohit Modi, said Rs 2 lakh ex gratia will be given to the family of the deceased.

With recovery of three more bodies from the debris today, the death toll has risen to 26. The deceased have been identified as Deepak Yadav (25) of Bundi and Prem Singh (29) and Tarin Singh both from Amritsar, Punjab.


First Published: Sunday, December 27, 2009, 15:47

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