Chief minister Mamata Banerjee assured of all help to the families of the bridge tragedy victims. She lauded the medical teams, district administration, police, army, fire brigade, forest department for an effective rescue operation. The cost of treatment of the injured will be borne by the state government the CM committed. Darjeeling MP Jaswant Singh has sanctioned Rs 50 lakhs for a new bridge.
Bijanbari, 38km from Darjeeling experienced the worst tragedy with the Bijanbari Little Rangeet Suspension Bridge collapsing at 5:50pm on Saturday. "32 persons have died and 130 injured" stated Saumitra Mohan, District Magistrate, Darjeeling.
Arriving at the Darjeeling District Hospital straight from Bagdogra Airport in the plains, the chief minister met the injured and their family members. The relatives of the injured complaining for lack of infrastructure and non functional X-ray machines. The chief minister asked the authorities to immediately look into the matter.
A Gorkha Janmukti Morcha team led by general secretary Roshan Giri met the chief minister reiterating of the lack of proper treatment facilities including CT scan, ICU, ventilators. The CM assured them of all cooperation in this respect.
Following the hospital the CM proceeded for the governor House, Darjeeling and met Governor MK Narayanan. Following this she held a meeting with the district administration.
"I have been constantly keeping in touch with the District Administration. They have all done an excellent and effective rescue job. The State will bear the costs of treatment of the injured. The district administration has informed me that there is no person missing" stated Banerjee. Governor Narayanan had visited the Darjeeling Sadar Hospital on Sunday afternoon.
Banerjee after a night stay at the Richmond Hill Government Guest House in Darjeeling will be proceeding straight for Siliguri and depart for Kolkata on Monday evening. "I will not visit Bijanbari as I have already sent North Bengal development minister Gautam Deb to Bijanbari" stated Banerjee to HT.
Darjeeling MP Jaswant Singh's Delhi office has informed that the MP has sanctioned Rs. 50 lakhs from the MP local area development fund. Owing to his ill health, Singh has asked a BJP team to visit Bijanbari. The BJP team will be arriving at Bijanbari on Monday.
Shops, business establishments and educational institutes remained closed in Bijanbari on Sunday to express condolences to the bereaved families. A mass cremation took place on the banks of Little Rangeet River late on Sunday afternoon. Final search operations were conducted in the River Little Rangeet, Bijanbari. "Though we have no reports of any missing person, we want to be doubly sure" stated Tamal Das, Sub Divisional Officer, Darjeeling.
Condolences will be paid to the bereaved families all over the hills on Monday. Diwali will be a bare minimum this year with the Hills deciding to abstain from bursting fire crackers.