Kolkata flyover tragedy: As it happened on Friday

The Kolkata police have sealed the city office of IVRCL Infrastructure -- the implementing agency of Kolkata's Vivekananda Road Flyover, which collapsed on Thursday.

Kolkata flyover tragedy: As it happened on Friday
General view shows a partially-collapsed overpass in Kolkata.
  • According to PTI, Government is going to review all ongoing highway and bridge projects in the wake of Kolkata mishap.
  • HM Rajnath Singh speaks with WB CM Mamata Banerjee, assures her all help possible in the matter of the bridge collapse.
  • Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will visit the accident site in Kolkata tomorrow, reports ANI.
  • Six IVRCL officials have been detained, reports NDTV
  • TMC MP Sudip Bandopadhyay accused the erstwhile Left Front regime of making a "faulty plan" for building the flyover. "The plan and design of the flyover were made during the Left regime. There were faults in the planning and design of the flyover. The locals had complained about the planning of the flyover but at that time 60 percent work was done. There were also discussions whether the design could be changed," Bandopadhyay, TMC MP from Kolkata North, tells reporters.
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  • The PIL seeks a CBI investigation as well as a panel of experts from IIT Kharagpur to probe the causes for the collapse of Vivekananda Flyover in the busy Posta area.
  • A petition has been filed at the Calcutta High Court for a court-monitored probe into the flyover tragedy.
  • "The Army rescue teams have been operating throughout the night along with the teams from civil defence, police and the NDRF, trying to remove the debris from the affected area. The focus of operations is now on debris removal and clearance of the road so that normalcy is restored. As of this morning no more bodies are expected to be found under the rubble. The GOC Bengal Area (Lt. Gen Rajeev Tewary) is monitoring the progress of the Army teams closely," says an Army statement.
  • The Army says that no more bodies are expected to be retrieved under the rubble. 
  • The toll in the Kolkata flyover tragedy has climbed to 24.
  • We have no idea why Kolkata flyover collapsed, don't blame us alone: IVRCL
    ​Also Read: IVRCL washes its hands off Kolkata incident, says flyover collapse was an accident
  • The Kolkata Police has not contacted us as yet, says the Hyderabad-based company.
  • 'Act of God' was just an expression to say that it was in 'no one's control': IVRCL
  • Material used in building the flyover was of good quality: IVRCL 
  • We regret the loss of life, it's an accident: IVCRL 
  • Construction work could be carried out only for 6 hours a day as the area is very congested : Legal head, IVRCL
  • Legal team is supporting the investigation. No officials have been questioned: Legal Head, IVRCL (infrastructure team) 
  • How was a blacklisted company given this contract and who has been protecting it? This was a sad incident: Naqvi 
  • If central forces had not rushed in time, the situation would have been worse: Naqvi
  • Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi says Kolkata Tragedy is not an `act of God` but an `act of fraud` which is protected by TMC government in the state. It is a clear case of corruption, adds Naqvi.
  • RSS volunteers can be seen assisting in rescue, relief operations at accident site.
  • Officials of construction firm IVRCL are likely to be arrested, CNN-IBN quotes government sources as saying.
  • Five-member team of Kolkata Police has reached Hyderabad and has questioned officials of IVRCL infrastructure company. 
    Also Read: Kolkata flyover collapse: West Bengal police team in Hyderabad to quiz IVRCL officials
  • Operation continued whole night, 10 NDRF teams are working there: Om Prakash Singh, Director-General, National Disaster Response Force
  • NDRF says the possibility of finding alive victims is very remote.
    Also Read: Kolkata flyover collapse: Over 20 crushed to death, rescue operation underway
  • Now, the operation is only for the recovery of dead bodies and removal of debris, adds Guleria.
  • Talking to news agency ANI, SS Guleria, deputy inspector general of the National Disaster Response Force, says rescue operation is in the last phase.
  • The police have sealed the city office of IVRCL Infrastructure -- the implementing agency of Kolkata's Vivekananda Road Flyover, which collapsed yesterday. Earlier, following instructions from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, police had lodged an FIR against the Hyderabad-based company, whose chief termed the mishap as an "act of God".
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  • At least 23 people were killed when a flyover under construction crashed in a crowded market area in Kolkata on Thursday, crushing scores of unsuspecting people and some vehicles, top officials and witnesses said. The Army was called in to assist in the rescue operation.