Bengal govt will give report on Kolkata flyover disaster: Rijiju

  • PTI
  • Updated: Mar 31, 2016 18:29 IST
Vehicles crushed under a flyover that collapsed on Vivekananda Road in Kolkata on Thursday. (PTI)

The Centre has asked the West Bengal government to give it a report on how a flyover collapsed in Kolkata and killed several people, said union minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday.

“It is a disaster. It has to be responded as a disaster. We are ready to provide additional forces if necessary,” said Rijiju, minister of state for home, in Delhi.

“Report will automatically be generated. It will tell us what actually had happened,” he said.

Rijiju said the tragedy had taken place at a very crowded place and it could have been avoided by taking adequate precautionary measures.

“Safety measures must be taken. There are prescribed norms for safety in construction sites. It is a matter of investigation whether safety measures were taken or not,” he said.

Rijiju, however, refused to hazard a guess on whether the incident was a sabotage.

“I don’t want to speculate on anything,” he said.

He said currently the priority of the rescue teams is to clear the debris and save as many people as they can.

The Minister said all injured are being provided treatment by the state government.

Rijiju said after the rescue operations are over, adequate compensation would be given to the victims.

Two teams of National Disaster Relief Fund, comprising around 90 personnel, are working in Kolkata and three more teams, comprising around 135 personnel, were on their way to the city.

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