State run engineering and consultancy agency RITES had in 2016 warned the West Bengal government on the precarious condition of several bridges in the city including the Majerhat structure, but no action was taken, an official told PTI on Wednesday.
One of them said that the West Bengal government was about to undertake repair work on the decrepit Majerhat bridge but delayed due to bureaucratic wrangles.
Furthermore, a report stressed that just six months before the incident, a high power committee formed by State PWD department had given clean chit to the bridge.
But that was a faulty report, that became evident after the bridge collapsed.
It is confirmed that Bengal Chief Minister visited the place after returning from her Darjeeling visit. She observed the situation and blamed the previous Left Front government for this incident.
The Chief Minister mentioned Kolkata Metro’s construction was going on there. And sometimes the inhabitants of the area felt tremors that shook the ground.
This could have also led to this incident observed the Chief Minister. She also announced Rs. 5 lakhs for the deceased and 50 thousand for the injured.
A high power committee will probe the incident and put their report in front of PWD department, said Banerjee. Besides under the government’s initiative an individual case has been filed in Kolkata high court to investigate the case liberally.
The police has confirmed that three persons have died in the incident.