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Kolkata flyover collapse shocks country: Who said what on tragedy

india Updated: Apr 01, 2016 13:44 IST
Kolkata flyover collapse

The flyover was under construction when it collapsed onto a crowded street around lunchtime, crushing pedestrians, cars and other vehicles under concrete slabs and metal. (Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)

A flyover under construction in the bustling city of Kolkata collapsed on to moving traffic below, killing at least 14 people with as many as 150 people feared trapped, police said.

The flyover was under construction when it collapsed onto a crowded street around lunchtime, crushing pedestrians, cars and other vehicles under concrete slabs and metal.

Here is what leaders across political parties had to say about the tragedy:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

“Shocked and saddened by collapse of under construction flyover in Kolkata. Took stock of the situation and rescue operations… My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in Kolkata. May the injured recover at the earliest.”

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi

“News of the collapse of a flyover in Kolkata extremely tragic. I hope rescue and relief operations reach those trapped and injured at the earliest… My heart goes out to the people who have lost loved ones in this tragedy.”

Read: In pics: Several feared trapped under collapsed Kolkata flyover

Kiren Rijiju, Union minister of state for home affairs

“Central forces are already there for relief and rescue operations. It is a joint effort and whatever help will be required further will also be made available… Sadly, the number of casualties is substantial and there are many more injured. We have to take care of the injured.”

Home minister Rajnath Singh

“Deeply saddened to know that precious lives have been lost in the Kolkata accident. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased”

Babul Supriyo, MoS, Union urban development minister

“The construction work of the bridge was carried on in an unscientific manner. The state administration clearly did not take any lesson even after the collapse of Ultadanga flyover three years ago .”

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee

“I am requesting everyone to clear the area so that rescue operation can run smoothly… We have cancelled all our election meetings, and have come here. The guilty will be given strict punishment.”

TMC leader Derek O’Brien

“Monumental tragedy. Rescue ops on. Many feared dead.”

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

“Urban development minister Firhad Hakim should be arrested immediately.”

“The police came to the spot after a good two hours. Why? The rescue operation should have been started within an hour.”

“We demand full investigation. People are dying like cats and dogs.”

“We will go to the hospitals and our supporters will donate as much blood as required to treat the injured.”

Asok Bhattacharya, former urban development minister and CPI-M leader

“There should be a high-level inquiry. I have no responsibility. The present urban development minister has to shoulder responsibility.”

Basudeb Banerjee, Bengal chief secretary

The state government will pay a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of every person who died and Rs 2 lakh for those who are injured.”

An NDRF official part of the rescue operation

“Many people are still trapped. That’s why we are using gas cutters to make holes in the debris so that we can enter and try to extract those trapped.”