Eighteen people were killed and several are feared trapped when a part of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Varanasi city of northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh yesterday.
Samajwadi Party (SP) workers on Wednesday staged protest "Dhikkar Sabha" against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led government, over its negligence towards Varanasi's under construction bridge near Cantt railway station on Tuesday.
Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and another minister Neelkanth Tiwari rushed to the site.
The government has announced ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the families of the deceased and Rs 2 lakh for the injured.
"Sad, because so many lives were lost in Varanasi in a mishap today....and happy, because people of Karnataka have reposed faith in us".
Officials from the National Disaster Response Force said 18 bodies had been recovered so far. "The death toll may go up", a police official had told IANS. We are using cranes to lift the debris and rescue the trapped people.
"It is hard to say how many are still trapped".
According to experts associated with such projects, wherever such type of constructions takes place, the entire area is sealed, or barricaded up to four to five feet on the left and right sides of the road and red flags or red lights placed to warn travellers, but no such arrangements were in place in Varanasi. The span which fell on Tuesday was laid barely three months ago, they added. Relief works are now going on.
Prime Minister Narendra, whose political home is in Varanasi, said in a tweet that he was "extremely saddened" by the accident.
Mittal expressed sympathy with the family members of those killed and said all the employees of the corporation have chose to donate a day's salary to the chief minister's relief fund. "Spoke to officials and asked them to ensure all possible support to those affected".
The state government ordered an inquiry into both the incidents but didn't take any action against top engineers and officers for the poor quality of construction work.